New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture

Paperback | March 7, 2014

EditorPeter B. R. Hazell, Atiqur Rahman

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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 withdiversification 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, urbanization, off-farm income diversification,and the globalization of agricultural value chains. It finds that policy makers need to differentiate more sharply between different types of small farms than they did in the past, both in terms of their potential contributions towards achieving national economic growth, poverty alleviation, andfood security goals, and the types of assistance they need. The book distinguishes between smallholders that are business oriented, subsistence oriented, and at various stages of transition to the non-farm economy, and discusses strategies appropriate for assisting each type. The book draws on a wealth of recent experience at IFAD and elsewhere to helpidentify best practice approaches.

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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 withdiversification into off-farm sources of inco...

Peter Hazell trained as an agriculturalist in the UK before completing his PhD in agricultural economics at Cornell University. He had a long career as a research economist at the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), including serving as director of the environment and production technology division...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:584 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:March 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199689350

ISBN - 13:9780199689354

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Table of Contents

Kanayo F. Nwanze: Foreword1. Peter Hazell and Atiqur Rahman: IntroductionPART I: The State of Smallholder Agriculture in the Developing World2. Gordon Conway: On Being a Smallholder3. Geoffrey Livingston, Steven Schonberger and Sara Delaney: Right Place, Right Time: The State of Smallholders in Sub-Saharan Africa4. Ganesh Thapa and Raghav Gaiha: Smallholder Farming in Asia and the Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities5. Julio A. Berdegue and Ricardo Fuentealba: The State of Smallholders in Agriculture in Latin AmericaPART II: The Business Agenda for Smallholders6. Maximo Torero: Targeting Investments to Link Farmers to Markets: A Framework for Capturing the Heterogeneity of Smallholder Farmers7. Sukhpal Singh: Promoting Small Farmer Market Access in Asia: Issues, Experiences, and Mechanisms8. Atiqur Rahman and Jennifer Smolak: Financing Smallholder Farmers in Developing Countries9. Akinwumi A. Adesina, Augustine Langyintuo, Nixon Bugo, Kehinde Makinde, George Bigirwa, and John Wakiumu: Improving Farmers' Access to Agricultural Inputs and Finance: Approaches and Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa10. Martin Evans: Corporate Agribusiness Development and Small Farms11. John Lynam and Stephen Twomlow: A Twenty-First Century Balancing Act: Smallholder Farm Technology and Cost-Effective Research12. Calestous Juma and David Spielman: Farmers as Entrepreneurs: Sources of Agricultural Innovation in AfricaPART III: Enhanced Livelihood Opportunities for Smallholders13. Edward Heinemann: The Changing Rural World and Livelihood Options for Resource-Poor Rural People14. Klaus Deininger: Securing Land Rights for Smallholder Farmers15. Mahabub Hossain and W. M. H. Jaim: Empowering Women to Become Farmer Entrepreneurs: Case Study of an NGO Supported Programme in Bangladesh16. Camilla Toulmin: Securing a Future for Smallholder Farmers in an Era of Climate Change17. Steve Wiggins: Rural Non-Farm Economy: Current Understandings, Policy Options, and Future Possibilities18. Peter Hazell and Atiqur Rahman: Conclusion: The Policy Agenda