The opinion article of the December issue of The Broker notes that approximately 1.5 billion family farmers in the world live by producing food for themselves and for cities. In some regions, a policy emphasis on global markets and high-input agriculture undermines farmers' capacity to keep rural landscapes productive. AgriCultures Network partners argue that policy needs to create space for family farmers to realize their possible contribution to a resilient world without hunger: 'Any future needs family farming'.
Over the past decades, agriculture modernization programs accelerated, based on a “scientific” research and development (R&D) perspective. This R&D perspective was disconnected from family farming knowledge, and led to the widespread adop...▶
The most important assignment of agriculture is to ensure that there is enough food for the people in this world. Family farmers can play an important role if you consider and embrace the dynamics of this group. I always find that work on marginal...▶
Thanks, colleagues, for pointing to the opportunities small-scale farming holds for development. Family farmers’ position and ability to produce is crucial – not least because of their sheer numbers. How can society support, or cities absorb, hund...▶
Even against all expectations and restrictive policies, family farming has been able to reproduce itself, remaining an important activity for rural families, for the production of food and novelties. Local experiences of agro-ecosystem management,...▶