The paper analyzes the problem of concentration of agricultural holdings and its impact on the development of rural areas. The analysis of this problem has revealed many problems of social and environmental nature. Sustainable tendency to increase the concentration of farmland does not have a proper positive impact on the development of rural areas. It has been noted that there are no effective mechanisms of influence of public authorities and local governments on agricultural holdings. The situation of increasing the area of agricultural land of farms of Myrhorod district of Poltava oblast, within the vertically-integrated companies has been studied. The mechanism of agricultural holdings’ involvement in territorial cluster to establish the cooperation on the implementation of social, economic, and environmental community projects has been proposed. It has proved the necessity of the consolidation of social responsibilities of agricultural holdings to support rural communities at the legislative level, where the companies use farm land for their work.
Oleg Gorb is Professor at the Department of Environmental Protection and Balanced Nature Using at Poltava State Agrarian Academy (Ukraine) as well as the University of Dąbrowa Górnicza (Poland). He is the author of publications in the field of the rational nature using management, environmental protection in agricultural production, using renewable sources of energy, and the development of rural territories. In June 2000 he was elected the President of the Civil Association “Agrarian Science and Practice”. Since 2007 he is the Head of the Board of the civil organization “Official Agricultural Consulting Service”. Since 1999 he has been participating in six international projects, as well as extension courses and internship in various European universities, institutions, and organizations. He speaks Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, English and German.
Jolita Greblikaitë, PhD in Management and Administration, associate professor, Business and Rural Development Management Institute, Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Kaunas (Lithuania). Her field of interest include: social entrepreneurship, social enterprises, family farming, SMEs in rural areas, agricultural business.
Ilona Yasnolob, PhD is an assistant professor at the Poltava State Agrarian Academy (Ukraine). Head of the research department (from April 2017 to present), senior lecturer at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Law (from September 2016 to present). Her research interest include entrepreneurship, organization of own business, organization of agrarian business, organization theory.