Can small farmers survive in a globalized world?

Can small farmers survive in a globalized world?

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by Prabhu Pingali
2005 | Policy Brief Series Vol. 2005 No. 6 | 2 pages
  • Print 1656-8818
  • e-ISSN 2599-3917

Dr. Prabhu Pingali, Director of the Agriculture and Development Economics Division of Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, says that "If we make farmers move from viewing agriculture as a way of life into viewing it as a business" - they can happily hop in and get the best seat inside the entrepreneurial wagon.

To follow this roadmap, however, Pingali urges policymakers to hurdle the two main challenges, a) ensuring participation of small farmers and rural poor in the emerging agri-industry systems, and b) enabling the transformation and competitiveness of agrifood systems.