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The Fight Against Hunger and MalnutritionThe Role of Food, Agriculture, and Targeted Policies$
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David E. Sahn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733201.001.0001

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Is Small Farm-Led Development Still a Relevant Strategy for Africa and Asia?

Is Small Farm-Led Development Still a Relevant Strategy for Africa and Asia?

(p.192) 8 Is Small Farm-Led Development Still a Relevant Strategy for Africa and Asia?
The Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition

Peter B. R. Hazell

Oxford University Press

The case for smallholder development as a win-win strategy for achieving agricultural growth, poverty reduction, and food security is less clear than it was during the Green Revolution era. The gathering forces of rapid urbanization, a reverse farm size transition toward ever smaller and more diversified farms, and an emerging corporate-driven business agenda in response to higher agricultural and energy prices are all creating a situation where policymakers need to differentiate more sharply between the needs of different types of small farms, and between growth, poverty, and food security goals. Further research is needed to develop and test the relevance of smallholder typologies and to assess the most effective forms of agricultural interventions for each type of smallholder.

Keywords:   small farms, smallholder development, food security, diversified farms, poverty reduction

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