The Need for Pro-smallholder Policy in Malaysia

The Need for Pro-smallholder Policy in Malaysia

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by Fatimah Mohamed Arshad
2016 | Agriculture and Development Notes Vol. 6 No. 6 | 4 pages
  • Print 2225-9694
  • e-ISSN 2599-3860

Pro-poor policy has been the mantra for poverty eradication. However, “pro-smallholder development” policy may hold the key to equitable and sustainable growth in the agriculture and rural sectors where the majority of the poor are.

In the era of biases towards large scale farming and agribusinesses, “small farms” are seen as not holding economic sense anymore. Big is perceived as strong, competitive, and offers the advantages of economies of scale, all of which are lacking in small farms.