What do we really know about the number and distribution of farms and family farms in the world?



The paper does not explicitly address the issue of the contribution of family farms to food production. However, since a large body of empirical evidence shows that smaller farms tend to have higher land productivity than larger farms, the share of small family farms in food production is likely to be larger than the share of land they occupy. The implication would be that family farms produce more than 70 percent of the world’s food. Similarly in the low-income countries farms below 2 hectares produce more than 40 percent of the food and farms below 5 hectares more than 70 percent.

Reviews and comments

No comments found