From subsistence to profit

From subsistence to profit

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This food policy report presents a typology of the diverse livelihood strategies and development pathways for smallholder farmers in developing countries, and offers policy recommendations to help potentially profitable smallholders meet emerging risks and challenges. Main Findings Smallholder farmers in developing countries play a key role in meeting the future food demands of a growing and increasingly rich and urbanized population. However, smallholders are not a homogeneous group that should be supported at all costs. Whereas some smallholder farmers have the potential to undertake profitable commercial activities in the agricultural sector, others should be supported in exiting agriculture and seeking nonfarm employment opportunities. For smallholder farmers with profit potential, their ability to be successful is hampered by such challenges as climate change, price shocks, limited financing options, and inadequate access to healthy and nutritious food. By overcoming these challenges, smallholders can move from subsistence to commercially oriented agricultural systems, increase their profits, and operate at an efficient scaleA—thereby helping to do their part in feeding the worldA’s hungry.higher-value maize varieties, holding other farm-level characteristics constant ( Ricker-Gilbert andJones 2012). ... in agriculturebased and transforming economies should focus on reducing food loss along entire supply chains, from the ... Policies in transformed countries should also place more emphasis on promoting consumer awareness of food waste. ... The potential for novel approaches is wide and includes value-chain finance, rural leasing, loanguarantee funds, and ethical andanbsp;...

Title:From subsistence to profit
Author:Fan, Shenggen, Brzeska, Joanna, Keyzer, Michiel, Halsema, Alex
Publisher:Intl Food Policy Res Inst - 2013-07-25


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