Some Issues in Expanding Small-Farm Agricultural Production

  • Solon L. Barraclough


I have been requested to prepare an “issue paper” on expanding small-farm agricultural production for this volume. This request seems to have some implicit assumption behind it that should be examined critically. In the first place, it assumes that there are issues of expanding small-farm production that can be generalized from experience and usefully discussed in the context of this volume. I am not at all sure that this is the case. In fact, one of the main contentions I wish to make is that conditions are so diverse that the issues can only be treated in relation to specific situations in their own particular historical contexts. I am glad that the volume was planned around case studies; this is the only way to treat the subject in a helpful manner.


Social Force Small Farmer Family Farm Landless Laborer Land Group 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Solon L. Barraclough
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  1. 1.United Nations Research Institute for Social DevelopmentPalais des NationsGenevaSwitzerland

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