Double concentration explaining the outstanding increase in Spanish crop production
Agricultural production in Spain increased strongly since 1950s with growth rates higher than
in the European continent. This period involved transformations, generating product and
regional changes in crop production. We use index decomposition analysis to evaluate the
changes in the value and volume of crop production, as well as the role of product
composition and the regional distribution of production.
We find a ‘double concentration’: Spanish agriculture has increasingly tended to produce high
value-added products, such as vegetables, fruit and olive oil. On the other hand, crop
production is concentrated in the southern and eastern provinces of Spain.