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