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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.

  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 Kenya, 2005 Average farm size (ha)
0.47 2 0.86
Sub-Saharan Africa Kenya, 2005 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.04 1.2 0.04
Sub-Saharan Africa Kenya, 2005 Maximum farm size (ha)
1.2 8.9 8.9
Sub-Saharan Africa Kenya, 2005 Total number of holdings
3235186 1087223 4322409
Sub-Saharan Africa Ethiopia, 2012 Average farm size (ha)
1.01 4.18 1.82
Sub-Saharan Africa Ethiopia, 2012 Minimum farm size (ha)
0 2.36 0
Sub-Saharan Africa Ethiopia, 2012 Maximum farm size (ha)
2.3 18 18
Sub-Saharan Africa Ethiopia, 2012 Total number of holdings
6250707 2134629 8385336
Sub-Saharan Africa Malawi, 2011 Average farm size (ha)
0.46 1.48 0.72
Sub-Saharan Africa Malawi, 2011 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.004 0.91 0.004
Sub-Saharan Africa Malawi, 2011 Maximum farm size (ha)
0.91 9.51 9.51
Sub-Saharan Africa Malawi, 2011 Total number of holdings
1661264 567247 2228510
Sub-Saharan Africa Niger, 2011 Average farm size (ha)
2.63 9.38 4.13
Sub-Saharan Africa Niger, 2011 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.0002 6 0.0002
Sub-Saharan Africa Niger, 2011 Maximum farm size (ha)
6 34 34
Sub-Saharan Africa Niger, 2011 Total number of holdings
1568101 449081 2017182
Sub-Saharan Africa Nigeria, 2010 Average farm size (ha)
0.6 4.5 1
Sub-Saharan Africa Nigeria, 2010 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.00002 2.22 0.00002
Sub-Saharan Africa Nigeria, 2010 Maximum farm size (ha)
2.22 80.22 80.22
Sub-Saharan Africa Nigeria, 2010 Total number of holdings
12829617 1387083 14216700
Sub-Saharan Africa Tanzania, 2009 Average farm size (ha)
0.9 4.1 1.5
Sub-Saharan Africa Tanzania, 2009 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.001 2.2 0.001
Sub-Saharan Africa Tanzania, 2009 Maximum farm size (ha)
2.2 21 21
Sub-Saharan Africa Tanzania, 2009 Total number of holdings
3760013 937974 4697987
Sub-Saharan Africa Uganda, 2012 Average farm size (ha)
0.70 2.39 1.12
Sub-Saharan Africa Uganda, 2012 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.004 1.6 0.004
Sub-Saharan Africa Uganda, 2012 Maximum farm size (ha)
1.6 8.5 8.5
Sub-Saharan Africa Uganda, 2012 Total number of holdings
3103160 1016859 4120019
Asia Bangladesh, 2005 Average farm size (ha)
0.24 1.1 0.41
Asia Bangladesh, 2005 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.004 0.69 0.004
Asia Bangladesh, 2005 Maximum farm size (ha)
0.69 2 2
Asia Bangladesh, 2005 Total number of holdings
11939066 3012110 14951176
Asia Nepal, 2003 Average farm size (ha)
0.55 2.63 0.94
Asia Nepal, 2003 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.0034 1.37 0.0034
Asia Nepal, 2003 Maximum farm size (ha)
1.37 16.5 16.5
Asia Nepal, 2003 Total number of holdings
4897419 1119872 6017290
Asia Vietnam, 2002 Average farm size (ha)
0.32 2 0.65
Asia Vietnam, 2002 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.001 0.96 0.001
Asia Vietnam, 2002 Maximum farm size (ha)
0.96 12 12
Asia Vietnam, 2002 Total number of holdings
9178984 2280139 11459122
Latin America and the Caribbean Bolivia, 2005 Average farm size (ha)
0.89 15.97 1.5
Latin America and the Caribbean Bolivia, 2005 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.0003 5 0.0003
Latin America and the Caribbean Bolivia, 2005 Maximum farm size (ha)
5 151 151
Latin America and the Caribbean Bolivia, 2005 Total number of holdings
653876 27652 681528
Latin America and the Caribbean Guatemala, 2006 Average farm size (ha)
0.67 3.1 1.06
Latin America and the Caribbean Guatemala, 2006 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.0014 1.81 0
Latin America and the Caribbean Guatemala, 2006 Maximum farm size (ha)
1.81 14.33 14.33
Latin America and the Caribbean Guatemala, 2006 Total number of holdings
853142 164986 1018128
Latin America and the Caribbean Nicaragua, 2005 Average farm size (ha)
5.2 55.4 9.5
Latin America and the Caribbean Nicaragua, 2005 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.2 35 0.2
Latin America and the Caribbean Nicaragua, 2005 Maximum farm size (ha)
35 282 282
Latin America and the Caribbean Nicaragua, 2005 Total number of holdings
286003 26261 312263
Europe & Central Asia Albania, 2005 Average farm size (ha)
0.44 1.5 0.71
Europe & Central Asia Albania, 2005 Minimum farm size (ha)
0.003 1.05 0.003
Europe & Central Asia Albania, 2005 Maximum farm size (ha)
1.04 3.34 3.34
Europe & Central Asia Albania, 2005 Total number of holdings
298714.88 102760 401475

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.

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

Average farm size (ha)
Minimum farm size (ha)
Maximum farm size (ha)
Total number of holdings