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Smallholders dataportrait

The smallholder farmers' dataportrait is a comprehensive, systematic and standardized data set on the profile of smallholder farmers across the world.

It generates an image on how small family farmers in developing and emerging countries live their lives. It is about putting in numbers, the constraints they face, and the choices they make so that policies can be informed by evidence to meet the challenge of agricultural development. Currently, the data portrait provides information for fourteen countries.

  Smallholders Data Portrait: Methodology and Data Description

  A data portrait of smallholder farmers: An introduction to a dataset on small-scale agriculture

Hectare weighted median
Smaller farm Other farm Nationally
Sub-Saharan Africa Ethiopia, 2012 Average farm size (ha)
0.78 3.23 1.4
Sub-Saharan Africa Ethiopia, 2012 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 1.95 0
Sub-Saharan Africa Ethiopia, 2012 Maximum farm size (ha)
1.95 14.03 14.03
Sub-Saharan Africa Ethiopia, 2012 Total number of holdings
7309739 2474393 9784131
Sub-Saharan Africa Ghana, 2013 Average farm size (ha)
1.56 6.33 2.56
Sub-Saharan Africa Ghana, 2013 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.01 3.64 0.01
Sub-Saharan Africa Ghana, 2013 Maximum farm size (ha)
3.64 30.76 30.76
Sub-Saharan Africa Ghana, 2013 Total number of holdings
2245165 593197 2838362
Sub-Saharan Africa Kenya, 2005 Average farm size (ha)
0.53 2.25 0.86
Sub-Saharan Africa Kenya, 2005 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.04 1.25 0.04
Sub-Saharan Africa Kenya, 2005 Maximum farm size (ha)
1.21 8.9 8.9
Sub-Saharan Africa Kenya, 2005 Total number of holdings
3615094 854400 4469494
Sub-Saharan Africa Malawi, 2011 Average farm size (ha)
0.47 1.42 0.71
Sub-Saharan Africa Malawi, 2011 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 0.91 0
Sub-Saharan Africa Malawi, 2011 Maximum farm size (ha)
0.91 4.84 4.84
Sub-Saharan Africa Malawi, 2011 Total number of holdings
1825776 622163 2447939
Sub-Saharan Africa Niger, 2011 Average farm size (ha)
2.91 10.29 4.57
Sub-Saharan Africa Niger, 2011 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 6.6 0
Sub-Saharan Africa Niger, 2011 Maximum farm size (ha)
6.6 39 39
Sub-Saharan Africa Niger, 2011 Total number of holdings
1569599 452963 2022563
Sub-Saharan Africa Nigeria, 2010 Average farm size (ha)
0.53 3.44 0.87
Sub-Saharan Africa Nigeria, 2010 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 1.9 0
Sub-Saharan Africa Nigeria, 2010 Maximum farm size (ha)
1.9 20.67 20.67
Sub-Saharan Africa Nigeria, 2010 Total number of holdings
12171474 1610784 13782258
Sub-Saharan Africa Uganda, 2012 Average farm size (ha)
0.97 5.74 1.51
Sub-Saharan Africa Uganda, 2012 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 2.78 0
Sub-Saharan Africa Uganda, 2012 Maximum farm size (ha)
2.76 40.47 40.47
Sub-Saharan Africa Uganda, 2012 Total number of holdings
3617478 458815 4076293
Sub-Saharan Africa United Republic of Tanzania, 2013 Average farm size (ha)
1.2 5.33 1.89
Sub-Saharan Africa United Republic of Tanzania, 2013 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 3.31 0
Sub-Saharan Africa United Republic of Tanzania, 2013 Maximum farm size (ha)
3.31 21.41 21.41
Sub-Saharan Africa United Republic of Tanzania, 2013 Total number of holdings
4964306 1000475 5964781
Asia Bangladesh, 2005 Average farm size (ha)
0.3 1.8 0.54
Asia Bangladesh, 2005 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 0.95 0
Asia Bangladesh, 2005 Maximum farm size (ha)
0.94 14.08 14.08
Asia Bangladesh, 2005 Total number of holdings
12594483 2356693 14951176
Asia Cambodia, 2004 Average farm size (ha)
0.86 3.56 1.31
Asia Cambodia, 2004 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 2 0
Asia Cambodia, 2004 Maximum farm size (ha)
2 17 17
Asia Cambodia, 2004 Total number of holdings
1492904 297308 1790212
Asia Indonesia, 2000 Average farm size (ha)
0.56 5.01 0.92
Asia Indonesia, 2000 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 2.1 0
Asia Indonesia, 2000 Maximum farm size (ha)
2 50 50
Asia Indonesia, 2000 Total number of holdings
11070714 988179 12058893
Asia Nepal, 2003 Average farm size (ha)
0.46 1.58 0.7
Asia Nepal, 2003 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 1.02 0
Asia Nepal, 2003 Maximum farm size (ha)
1.02 6.88 6.88
Asia Nepal, 2003 Total number of holdings
2721963 752903 3474866
Asia Viet Nam, 2008 Average farm size (ha)
0.38 2.54 0.63
Asia Viet Nam, 2008 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 1.41 0
Asia Viet Nam, 2008 Maximum farm size (ha)
1.41 9.98 9.98
Asia Viet Nam, 2008 Total number of holdings
11566584 1501851 13068435
Latin America and the Caribbean Bolivia (Plurinational State of), 2005 Average farm size (ha)
1.07 11.79 1.81
Latin America and the Caribbean Bolivia (Plurinational State of), 2005 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 4.52 0
Latin America and the Caribbean Bolivia (Plurinational State of), 2005 Maximum farm size (ha)
4.5 151.5 151.5
Latin America and the Caribbean Bolivia (Plurinational State of), 2005 Total number of holdings
635210 47408 682618
Latin America and the Caribbean Guatemala, 2006 Average farm size (ha)
0.61 2.47 0.94
Latin America and the Caribbean Guatemala, 2006 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 1.52 0
Latin America and the Caribbean Guatemala, 2006 Maximum farm size (ha)
1.52 7.06 7.06
Latin America and the Caribbean Guatemala, 2006 Total number of holdings
835136 182992 1018128
Latin America and the Caribbean Nicaragua, 2005 Average farm size (ha)
5.99 59.19 9.22
Latin America and the Caribbean Nicaragua, 2005 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.18 35.56 0.18
Latin America and the Caribbean Nicaragua, 2005 Maximum farm size (ha)
35.21 193.66 193.66
Latin America and the Caribbean Nicaragua, 2005 Total number of holdings
293688 18986 312674
Latin America and the Caribbean Panama, 2003 Average farm size (ha)
4.51 67.31 7.17
Latin America and the Caribbean Panama, 2003 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 43 0
Latin America and the Caribbean Panama, 2003 Maximum farm size (ha)
42 182.5 182.5
Latin America and the Caribbean Panama, 2003 Total number of holdings
167201 7384 174585
Europe & Central Asia Albania, 2005 Average farm size (ha)
0.45 1.56 0.73
Europe & Central Asia Albania, 2005 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 1.09 0
Europe & Central Asia Albania, 2005 Maximum farm size (ha)
1.08 4.01 4.01
Europe & Central Asia Albania, 2005 Total number of holdings
299782 104672 404453
Europe & Central Asia Tajikistan, 2007 Average farm size (ha)
0.16 1.95 0.32
Europe & Central Asia Tajikistan, 2007 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.01 0.86 0.01
Europe & Central Asia Tajikistan, 2007 Maximum farm size (ha)
0.85 10.49 10.49
Europe & Central Asia Tajikistan, 2007 Total number of holdings
663879 63116 726995

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