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Poverty Reduction Strategies for Smallholder and Family Farmers: Models and Lessons

Amira E. Mahmoud

For many years in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, there has been much effort to alleviate poverty and improve the standard of living for the poor. However, most of improvements are happening in urban cities while the majority of the poor are located in rural areas. This paper examines common poverty reduction strategies for smallholder and family farmers in developing countries from field work cases in North, East and West Africa.

The strategies reviewed include; commercial projects, building infrastructure, subsidize farm inputs and supporting subsistence farming.

 

Keywords: Commercial projects; Development; Subsidy; Subsistence; entrepreneurism; Family Farms; Emerging farmers.