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Concepts and Realities of Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific

Jingzhong Ye and Lu Pan

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Abstract: The Asia and the Pacific region has the largest number of family farms in the world. It is home to 60 per cent of the world’s population and to 74 per cent of the world’s family farmers, with China alone representing 35 per cent and India 24 per cent of the estimated 570 million farms worldwide (Lowder et al. 2014). Though generally working in small plots of less than 2 hectares on average, family farmers in Asia and the Pacific produce 80 per cent of the total food needed to ensure food security in the region (AFA 2014). It is undeniable that family farming has played a central role in the socio-economic development and well-being of the entire population of Asia and the Pacific.

Keywords: eSS; family farming; Asia and the Pacific region; family farms; world population; farms worldwide; agriculture; small plots; food; food security; socio-economic development. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-07
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