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New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture

Peter B. R. Hazell and Atiqur Rahman

Abstract

The majority of the poor and hungry people in the world live on small farms and struggle to subsist on too little land with low input – low yield technologies. At the same time, many other smallholders are successfully intensifying and succeeding as farm businesses, often in combination with diversification into off-farm sources of income. This book examines the growing divergence between subsistence and business oriented small farms, and discusses how this divergence has been impacted by population growth, trends in farm size distribution, urbanisation, off-farm income diversification, and th ... More

Keywords: small farms, agricultural development, food security, poverty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689347
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689347.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter B. R. Hazell, editor
Professorial Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Atiqur Rahman, editor
Consultant, International Fund for Agricultural Development

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1 Introduction

PETER HAZELL AND ATIQUR RAHMAN

Part I The State of Smallholder Agriculture in the Developing World

2 On being a smallholder

GORDON CONWAY

3 Right place, right time

GEOFFREY LIVINGSTONSTEVEN SCHONBERGER AND SARA DELANEY1

5 The state of smallholders in agriculture in Latin America

JULIO A. BERDEGUÉ AND RICARDO FUENTEALBA1

Part II The Business Agenda for Smallholders

8 Financing smallholder farmers in developing countries

ATIQUR RAHMAN AND JENNIFER SMOLAK1

9 Improving farmers’ access to agricultural inputs and finance: approaches and lessons from sub-Saharan Africa

AKINWUMI A. ADESINA, AUGUSTINE LANGYINTUO, NIXON BUGO, KEHINDE MAKINDE, GEORGE BIGIRWA AND JOHN WAKIUMU

Part III Enhanced Livelihood Opportunities for Smallholders

Part IV The Policy Agenda

18 Concluding chapter: the policy agenda

PETER HAZELL AND ATIQUR RAHMAN

End Matter