, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 77–82

The Multiple Functions and Benefits of Small Farm Agriculture in the Context of Global Trade Negotiations

  • Peter Rosset
Research Article

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.development.1110149

Cite this article as:
Rosset, P. Development (2000) 43: 77. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1110149


Peter Rosset challenges the conventional wisdom that small farms are backward and unproductive. Using evidence from southern and northern countries he demonstrates that small farms are ‘multi-functional’ – more productive, more efficient, and able to contribute more to economic development than large farms. He analyses the threats posed to small farmers by today's trade liberalization and concludes with a call to unite against an Agreement on Agriculture that might make their continued existence impossible.


biodiversity environment food security liberalization social justice 

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© Society for International Development 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Rosset
    • 1
  1. 1.Oakland CAUSA

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