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IJESD 2015 Vol.6(7): 539-542 ISSN: 2010-0264
DOI: 10.7763/IJESD.2015.V6.652

Take a Look at the Main Impacts of Agricultural Land Use Change in Iran

A. Asadi, A. A. Barati, and K. Kalantari
Abstract—Land Use and Cover Change (LUCC), especially, Agricultural Land Use Change (ALC) as a result of human activities over the past 50 years, is converted to a main challenge of 21 century. This is especially important because of its direct relations with issues such as food security and environmental sustainability. According to the 2012 FAO report, the per capita of arable land in the world declines 1.46% from 1970 to 2009. This decrease for Iran has been 2.054%. It represents that ALC in Iran is worse than the most of the other areas of the world. The main object of this study was determining the effects or impacts of ALC in Iran. The study group consisted of the executive officers and policy makers who were working in Agricultural Lands Organizations and Administrations in 2012. For data collection a questionnaire which was completed with interview method was used. The numbers of interviewees were 101 persons. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistical and factor analysis (FA) methods. This study showed, among the main economic, social and environmental impacts of ALC, “increasing the land price as a result of ALC”, “motivate the other farmers to ALC” and “increasing the energy consumption per unit area” respectively had been the most important impacts. But, based on the FA method, the most effective impacts of ALC were “increase the risk of rural households’ income”, “increased the uninhabited villages” and “reduces the air quality”.

Index Terms—Agricultural lands, impacts, Iran, land use changes.

The authors are with the Department of Agricultural Development & Management, Faculty of Agricultural Economics & Development, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Iran (e-mail:


Cite:A. Asadi, A. A. Barati, and K. Kalantari, "Take a Look at the Main Impacts of Agricultural Land Use Change in Iran," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 6, no. 7, pp. 539-542, 2015.

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