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Real productivity of small farms has been found to be higher than that of large holdings. So much so that institutions such as the World Bank now propagate the view that redistribution of land to small farmers would lead to greater overall productivity. A compelling reason, if one were needed, to hasten the process of land reform in India.
taken from Land Reforms, Productivity and Farm Size, Bharat Dogra EPW, VOL 37 No. 06 February 09 - February 15, 2002
“Small farms are more efficient than large farms” “Not every agriculture will have significant impacts on poverty reduction. Both FAO and the Hunger Task Force are in favour of a small-holder focus: • The bulk of poor people in rural areas of regions where poverty and hunger are high and resistant are: smallholders producing staple for own consumption or small surpluses for the local markets. • There is significant potential for the expansion of staples production as population expands in the developing countries (for Africa, it is expected that traditional staples demand will double by 2015). • Small farms are more efficient than large farms: land productivity is higher for small farms. • Small farms employ more labour per hectare than large farms. This contributes to an increase in wages and rural employment. • Producing for own consumption (subsistence) or for local markets reduces transaction costs associated with purchased foods and improved food access and nutrition. • Expenditure patterns of smallholder households promote local growth.”
Source: Kostas Stamoulis, Chief of Agricultural Sector in Economic Development Service, FAO, and member of the Hunger Task Force, in a Sustainet panel discussion, 6 September 2005, Berlin.
taken from GTZ Sustainet. 2006. Sustainable agriculture: A pathway out of poverty for India’s rural poor. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, Eschborn.
1. Small farmers are key for the world’s food security
2. Small farms are more productive and resource conserving than large-scale monocultures
3. Small traditional and biodiverse farms are models of sustainability
4. Small farms represent a sanctuary of GMO-free agrobiodiversity
5. Small farms cool the climate
Key points in Small farms as a planetary ecological asset: Five key reasons why we should support the revitalization of small farms in the Global South by Miguel A. Altieri, Sociedad Cientifica LatinoAmericana de Agroecologia (SOCLA)
On the rural front and the changing face of agriculture the threats to sustainable ways of food production for small farms are interfaced with decreasing diversity. Climate change and erroneous ways of accounting for productivity and profits. It is very obvious that corporate driven agriculture is camouflaged with misinformation treating farmers as recipients and not as partners in the process.
(taken from The polemic of global food economy By Vanaja Ramprasad, Oct 16, 2008, Deccan Herald)