The future of small farms: New directions for services, institutions and intermediation

Poulton, C. and Dorward, A. and Kydd, J. (2010) The future of small farms: New directions for services, institutions and intermediation. World Development, 38 (10). pp. 1413-1428.

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Efficient pre- and post-harvest services are essential if small farms in high potential areas are to intensify production, contribute to economic growth, and reduce poverty. They also matter if small farms in marginal areas are to manage their natural resource base, in the face of growing population pressure and climate change. Difficulties that smallholders face in accessing services are reviewed, showing how incentives for commercial delivery of services to smallholders differ between staple food, traditional cash crop, and high value product supply chains. The major challenge in service delivery to smallholders in much of Africa concerns coordination of service development and delivery. Different forms of intermediary institution for achieving such coordination are examined

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Small farms, services, institutions
Author Affiliation: University of London, UK
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Economics
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 08:44
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2013 08:49
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