The book ‘New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture’, a collection of papers related to a conference organised by the International Fund for Agricultural Developmen (IFAD), examines small farming communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, many of which are facing similar challenges such as environmental risks, land tenancy disputes, and difficulties with access to credit and markets.
Yet many of these challenges are being managed in a number of these communities through new forms of self-organisation among small farmers and improved technical and financial support.
Featured contributions by experts show that today's economic environment can be highly challenging for small-scale agriculture. According to the authors, food markets worldwide have become more complex and competitive, driven by rising demand for food, new technologies, and increasingly globalised distribution systems. At the same time, climate change and other sources of environmental degradation are undermining productivity gains by small farmers in many developing countries.
Among the book's highlights are:
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