Opportunities and Challenges of Smallholders and Smallholding


Donát Horváth

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.




Chapter 1. History, Prospects, and Scenarios for Smallholders in Russia

Chapter 2. Sustainable Milk Production Systems in Ethiopia

Chapter 3. Bringing Path Dependencies into Evaluations of Smallholder Cooperative Development Programs

Chapter 4. Smallholder Farming Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

Chapter 5. The Failure of Common Farming Systems in Promoting Livelihood Diversification and Food Sufficiency among Smallholder Farmers: Evidence from Choma, Zambia

Chapter 6. Contract Farming and Vegetable Value Chain Efficiency: A Study from Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

Chapter 7. Sustainability Status and Collective Cages Based Smallholder Farming Beef Cattle Development Strategy in Lombok Island, Indonesia

Chapter 8. Improving Smallholder Organic Coffee Production in Nepal: A Case Study from Lalitpur District

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


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