Opportunities and Challenges of Smallholders and Smallholding


Donát Horváth (Editor)
Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies
BISAC: TEC003000

Smallholder farms or smallholdings comprise livestock and livestock, livestock and crops and crops and crops farming systems. It involves nutritional inter-relationships of integration and interdependency between livestock and crop systems and crop and crop systems. There are an estimated 500 billion smallholder farms worldwide supporting livelihoods of about 2 billion people, most of who are in Sub-Sahara Africa and Asia. Smallholders make more than 60% of agricultural producers supplying local and international food markets, and employ about 70% of farming communities in Sub-Sahara Africa and Asia. However, these farming systems experience financial, technological, infrastructural, market access, environmental and policy and institutional framework challenges. Considering the importance of smallholder farming systems, attempts should be geared towards mitigating the challenges and promoting productivity and sustainability of these farming systems. This is expected to lead to improved food and nutrition security and food safety and translate to improved livelihoods of smallholder farmers and increased income from agriculture products. The authors’ of this book focus on the challenges and opportunities of smallholders and smallholding systems all over the world.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. History, Prospects, and Scenarios for Smallholders in Russia
(Stephen K. Wegren – Distinguished University Professor, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA)

Chapter 2. Sustainable Milk Production Systems in Ethiopia
(Habtamu Lemma Didanna, PhD – College of Agriculture, Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia)

Chapter 3. Bringing Path Dependencies into Evaluations of Smallholder Cooperative Development Programs
(David J. O’Brien, PhD, and John Elliot Meador, PhD – Professor Emeritus, Division of Applied Social Sciences, University of Missouri, USA, et al.)

Chapter 4. Smallholder Farming Systems: Challenges and Opportunities
(Jane A. Odero-Waitituh, PhD – Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development, County Government of Nakuru, Nakuru, Kenya)

Chapter 5. The Failure of Common Farming Systems in Promoting Livelihood Diversification and Food Sufficiency among Smallholder Farmers: Evidence from Choma, Zambia
(Kabwe Harnadih Mubanga and Eva Nambeye-Kaonga – Department of Geography, The University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia, et al.)

Chapter 6. Contract Farming and Vegetable Value Chain Efficiency: A Study from Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
(Quoc Hieu Au and Richard J. Culas – School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences, Australia, et al.)

Chapter 7. Sustainability Status and Collective Cages Based Smallholder Farming Beef Cattle Development Strategy in Lombok Island, Indonesia
(Mashur – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Mandalika University of Education, Mataram City, Nusa Tenggara Barat., Indonesia)

Chapter 8. Improving Smallholder Organic Coffee Production in Nepal: A Case Study from Lalitpur District
(Sadichchha N. Adhikari and Richard J. Culas – School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Orange, Australia, et al.)

Chapter 9. Effect of Inputs on Performance Variability of Introduced Chicken Strains at Farm Level: A Case of Small Chicken Keepers in Selected Areas of Tanzania
(Rogers Andrew, Jeremia Makindara, S. H. Mbaga, and Roselyne Alphonce – Department of Policy, Planning and Management, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania)


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