Determining factors and trends of agricultural productivity in a region of central Chile


  • Natalia Valderrama Valdés
  • Gerardo Azócar García
  • Francisco Juárez Rubio


Agricultural, Erosion, Productivity, White wheat


This research work consists in a temporal-spatial perspective analysis of the agricultural productivity of Nuble Region (Central Chile).As an indirect measurement of productivity, white wheat (Triticum aestivum) yield is analyzed in two different years (1997 and 2007) using Chile’s Agricultural Census statistics. Thematic maps of the spatial and temporal behavior of white wheat yield were elaborated by commune and agroecological zone, including spatial representation of soil erosion as one of the determining factors. Results show that productivity is not homogenous and that differences arise between commune and agroecological zone. No relationship was established between productivity variation and soil erosion. The tendency to subdivide small farms between 1997 and 2007 resulted in an increase of white wheat production, which might be an indication of change from those factors that have
been traditional in order to analyze productivity such as use of technology and state subsidies.


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Author Biographies

Natalia Valderrama Valdés

Universidad de Concepción. Facultad de Ingeniería Agrícola, Departamento de Mecanización y Energía,
Avenida Vicente Méndez 595, Chillán, CHILE.

Gerardo Azócar García

Universidad de Concepción. Facultad de Ciencias Ambientales Departamento Planificación Territorial
Barrio Universitario s/n, Concepción, CHILE.

Francisco Juárez Rubio

Universidad de Lleida, Campus de Cappont. Facultad de Derecho, Economía y Turismo, Departamento
de Administración de Empresas y Gestión Económica de los Recursos Naturales, C. de Jaume II, 73 25001 Lleida, ESPAÑA.



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Valderrama Valdés, N. ., Azócar García, G. ., & Juárez Rubio, F. . (2020). Determining factors and trends of agricultural productivity in a region of central Chile. RAN - Revista Academia & Negocios, 5(1), 1-14. Retrieved from



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