The Future of Small Farms in Asia

21 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2016

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Keijiro Otsuka

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Yanyan Liu

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Futoshi Yamauchi

A member of the CGIAR Consortium - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date Written: May 2016

Abstract

Farms throughout Asia are predominantly small. By nature, small farms use labourā€intensive production methods. The question arises as to the viability of small farms in the face of the rapidly increasing wage rate in most Asian countries. There is also indication that the production efficiency of small farms has declined relative to large farms in many Asian economies, indicating the increasing disadvantage of small farms in Asia. Therefore, this study argues that unless new policy measures are taken to expand farm size, Asia as a whole is likely to lose comparative advantage in agriculture and become an importer of food grains in the future.

Keywords: Small farms, viability, large farms, mechanisation, Asia

Suggested Citation

Otsuka, Keijiro and Liu, Yanyan and Yamauchi, Futoshi, The Future of Small Farms in Asia (May 2016). Development Policy Review, Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp. 441-461, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2761613 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12159

Keijiro Otsuka (Contact Author)

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) ( email )

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Japan

Yanyan Liu

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Futoshi Yamauchi

A member of the CGIAR Consortium - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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