The Future of Small Farms

Posted: 18 Apr 2011

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Peter Hazell

CGIAR - Environment and Production Technology Division

Colin Poulton

Imperial College London - Centre for Environmental Policy

Steve Wiggins

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Andrew Dorward

Centre for Development, Environment & Policy

Date Written: October 1, 2010

Abstract

While smallholder development has, in the past, led to reductions in poverty and hunger, does this still apply in today’s more globalized world? This paper reviews the debates on the contemporary role of agriculture in development and the case for small farms in light of the rise of supermarkets, lower commodity prices and liberalized trade, agricultural research funding, environmental change, HIV/AIDS, and changing policy ideas. Although the answers vary greatly by context, for many low-income countries, smallholder development remains a key option. The policy agenda, however, has changed. In addition to providing public goods, the growing challenge is to overcome market failures, which is largely a matter of institutional innovation.

Keywords: small farm, growth, poverty

JEL Classification: O13, O2

Suggested Citation

Hazell, Peter and Poulton, Colin and Wiggins, Steve and Dorward, Andrew, The Future of Small Farms (October 1, 2010). World Development, Vol. 38, No. 10, pp. 1349-1361. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1808641

Peter Hazell

CGIAR - Environment and Production Technology Division

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Colin Poulton

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Steve Wiggins

Overseas Development Institute (ODI) ( email )

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Andrew Dorward (Contact Author)

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