The International Year of Family Farming

Lawrence, Geoffrey (2014) The International Year of Family Farming. Columbia, MO, USA, International Rural Sociology Association - IRSA.

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Author Lawrence, Geoffrey
Title The International Year of Family Farming
Place of publication Columbia, MO, USA
Publisher International Rural Sociology Association - IRSA
Publication date 2014-02-24
Series President's Corner
Total pages 1 Review article
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Textual work
Formatted Abstract/Summary
2014 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming. It is estimated that there are over 500 million small-holder/family farms worldwide and that these farms provide food for up to 2 billion people (the majority in the developing world). Some 85% of smallholder farms operate on no more than about 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of land. Yet, these small-scale operations occupy about 60% of the world’s arable land. With such a significant presence it is obvious that small-scale, family, farming is very important not only to food provision, but also to ensuring biodiversity and the protection of natural resources. What is the future of the family farm?
Keyword Family farming
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Created: Thu, 13 Mar 2014, 11:18:35 EST by Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Lawrence on behalf of School of Social Science