National Interests: Priorities and Security

Abstracting and Indexing

Referativny Zhurnal VINITI RAS
LCCN Permalink
Google Scholar

Online available



Cyberleninka (12 month OA embargo)

A structural analysis of land use in Russia

Vol. 15, Iss. 6, JUNE 2019

Received: 26 November 2018

Received in revised form: 18 December 2018

Accepted: 14 January 2019

Available online: 17 June 2019


JEL Classification: Q15, Q24, R14

Pages: 1057–1074

Smirnov V.V. I.N. Ulianov Chuvash State University (ChuvSU), Cheboksary, Chuvash Republic, Russian Federation

Mulendeeva A.V. I.N. Ulianov Chuvash State University (ChuvSU), Cheboksary, Chuvash Republic, Russian Federation

Subject The article reviews the land use in Russia and analyzes its structure.
Objectives The study identifies key issues, evaluates the potential for land use in Russia.
Methods Research is based on a systems approach and methods of statistical analysis.
Results We determined Russia's positions by area and quality of arable land, permanent pastures, forest. The article overviews the global methodology for land use intended to develop the reasonable use of land plots. We analyze the potential for the Russian land use, evaluating the land cover, its class, type and common features of land use. A reduction in arable land and permanent crops was found to be substituted with permanent pastures and meadows.
Conclusions and Relevance The problem of land use in Russia is a combination of extensive areas and complicated natural conditions and climate. Consequently, high-tech means of labor and professional talent are needed. Failure to find some solutions increases the percentage of grazing land, forests, while the percentage of arable land in total land area continues to decline. This happens due to a loss of arable land in the Far East and its concentration in areas with favorable natural conditions and climate. In the mean time, a reduction in arable land and permanent crops will not have a palpable impact on the production of wheat, corn, vegetable oil. Russia will remain a large exporter of agricultural products. The findings may serve for implementing and improving the governmental policy for land use in the Russian Federation.

Keywords: land area, land tenure, grazing land, arable land, structural analysis


  1. Aganbegyan A.G. [On the way to the civilized market]. Vestnik Instituta ekonomiki Rossiiskoi akademii nauk = Bulletin of the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2018, no. 1, pp. 7–26. URL: Link (In Russ.)
  2. Glaz'ev S.Yu. [New peaceful stock. Model for assembly]. Nauchnye trudy Vol'nogo ekonomicheskogo obshchestva Rossii = Scientific Works of the Free Economic Society of Russia, 2018, vol. 210, no. 2, pp. 240–246. (In Russ.)
  3. Makarov V.L., Bakhtizin A.R., Sushko E.D., Sushko G.B. [Modeling of social processes on supercomputers: New technology]. Vestnik Rossiiskoi Akademii Nauk = Bulletin of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2018, vol. 88, no. 6, pp. 508–518. (In Russ.) URL: Link
  4. Baklanov P.Ya., Ganzei S.S. Transgranichnye territorii: problemy ustoichivogo prirodopol'zovaniya [Cross-boundary areas: Issues of sustainable natural resource management]. Vladivostok, Dal'nauka Publ., 2008, 215 p.
  5. Evans G.R. Systems Approach for Land Resource Analysis and Planning of Limited Renewable Natural Resources. Journal of Animal Science, 1978, vol. 46, iss. 3, pp. 819–822. URL: Link
  6. Rummell R.S. Grazing Land Resources for Meeting Food and Fiber Needs. Journal of Animal Science, 1981, vol. 52, iss. 3, pp. 644–649. URL: Link
  7. Frey J.C. Land Resource Economics, the Political Economy of Rural and Urban Land Resource Use. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1959, vol. 41, iss. 4, pp. 852–853. URL: Link
  8. Stine S.E., Byrne J.G. Land-Use Planning: Opportunity for Resource Professionals. Journal of Forestry, 1982, vol. 80, iss. 9, pp. 581–582. URL: Link
  9. Griewald Yu. The Art of the State to Intervene: Insights Into Agricultural Land Management in Russia. Ecological Economics, 2018, vol. 151, pp. 1–9. URL: Link
  10. Kust G., Andreeva O., Lobkovskiy V., Telnova N. Uncertainties and Policy Challenges in Implementing Land Degradation Neutrality in Russia. Environmental Science & Policy, 2018, vol. 89, pp. 348–356. URL: Link
  11. Nelson D., Harris G.A., Hamilton T.E. Land and Resource Classification – Who Cares? Journal of Forestry, 1978, vol. 76, iss. 10, pp. 644–646. URL: Link
  12. Shaw B.T. Land Resources for Increased Agricultural Output. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1952, vol. 34, iss. 5, pp. 673–681. URL: Link
  13. Hardie I.W., Parks P.J. Land Use with Heterogeneous Land Quality: An Application of an Area Base Model. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1997, vol. 79, iss. 2, pp. 299–310. URL: Link
  14. Wang J., Lin Y., Glendinning A., Xu Y. Land-Use Changes and Land Policies Evolution in China's Urbanization Processes. Land Use Policy, 2018, vol. 75, pp. 375–387. URL: Link
  15. Neuenfeldt S., Gocht A., Heckelei T., Ciaian P. Explaining Farm Structural Change in the European Agriculture: A Novel Analytical Framework. European Review of Agricultural Economic, 2018, no. 11. URL: Link
  16. Carlson G., Cochran M., Marra M., Zilberman D. Agricultural Resource Economics and the Environment. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 1992, vol. 14, iss. 2, pp. 313–326. URL: Link
  17. Timmons J.F. Land and Water Resource Policy. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1963, vol. 45, iss. 1, pp. 95–108. URL: Link
  18. Adger W.N., Whitby M.C. Natural-Resource Accounting in the Land-Use Sector: Theory and Practice. European Review of Agricultural Economics, 1993, vol. 20, iss. 1, pp. 77–97. URL: Link
  19. Duke J.M. Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management: A Comparative Study of Agrarian Communities in Asia and Africa. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2003, vol. 85, iss. 3, pp. 778–779. URL: Link
  20. Lerman Z., Shagaida N. Land Policies and Agricultural Land Markets in Russia. Land Use Policy, 2007, vol. 24, iss. 1, pp. 14–23. URL: Link
  21. Prishchepov A.V., Müller D., Dubinin M. et al. Determinants of Agricultural Land Abandonment in post-Soviet European Russia. Land Use Policy, 2013, vol. 30, iss. 1, pp. 873–884. URL: Link
  22. Sharikova I.V., Sharikov A.V. [Land use of agricultural entities: Issues, trends, prospects: Evidence from the Saratov Oblast]. Natsional'nye interesy: prioritety i bezopasnost' = National Interests: Priorities and Security, 2016, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 52–68. URL: Link (In Russ.)
  23. Anfinogentova A.A., Blinova T.V., Vorotnikov I.L. et al. Konkurentosposobnost' agroprodovol'stvennogo kompleksa Rossii v usloviyakh global'nykh vyzovov [The competitiveness of the agro-industrial complex of Russia during global challenges]. Saratov, Amirit Publ., 2017, 403 p.
  24. Magomedov A.M. [Agricultural entities of the Republic of Dagestan: Development issues]. Natsional'nye interesy: prioritety i bezopasnost' = National Interests: Priorities and Security, 2016, vol. 12, iss. 4, pp. 69–79. URL: Link (In Russ.)
  25. Griewald Y., Clemens G., Kamp J. et al. Developing Land Use Scenarios for Stakeholder Participation in Russia. Land Use Policy, 2017, vol. 68, pp. 264–276. URL: Link
  26. Zel'dner A.G., Sil'vestrov S.N. [The conditions for attracting population for the development of the Far Eastern hectare]. Federalizm = Federalism, 2018, no. 1, pp. 122–133. (In Russ.)
  27. Gladkii Yu.N. [The Far Eastern hectare: A good idea and exaggerated expectations]. Sotsial'no-ekonomicheskaya geografiya. Vestnik Assotsiatsii rossiiskikh geografov-obshchestvovedov = Socio-Economic Geography. Bulletin of the Association of Russian Social Geographers, 2017, no. 6, pp. 115–124. (In Russ.)

View all articles of issue


ISSN 2311-875X (Online)
ISSN 2073-2872 (Print)

Journal current issue

Vol. 15, Iss. 7
July 2019