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New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture$
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Peter B. R. Hazell and Atiqur Rahman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689347

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689347.001.0001

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Concluding chapter: the policy agenda

Concluding chapter: the policy agenda

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New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture

Peter Hazell

Atiqur Rahman

Oxford University Press

Reviews what is meant by small farms, and summarises key trends in farm size distributions and off-farm income diversification. Argues that a situation has arisen where policy makers need to differentiate more sharply than in the past between different types of small farms, both in terms of their potential contributions towards achieving national economic growth, poverty alleviation and food security goals, and the types of assistance they need. The chapter distinguishes between smallholders that are business oriented, subsistence oriented, and at various stages of transition to the nonfarm economy, and discusses strategies appropriate for assisting each type. The book draws on a wealth of recent experience at IFAD and elsewhere to help identify best practice approaches and implementation strategies.

Keywords:   small farms, agricultural development, rural development, livelihood strategies, off-farm income diversification

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