Thursday, December 1, 2016

Smallholder Farmers Have Huge Impact

More and more we hear about the great impact that smallholder farmers have within agriculture. While we often hear this there is not a lot of information on location, size, and other details relating to smallholder farmers. A recent study from the University of Minnesota is working to provide some of this data. Read through the linked article below and utilize the discussion points to guide conversations in your classrooms, coffee shops, and communities around the world. If you want to dive into the topic deeper the complete study is linked within the article providing further analysis and data.

Map of Farming Households Created

Discussion Points

  • There has not been a lot of information/data regarding smallholder farmers in the past. Why do you feel this is the case?
  • Why is it important to understand the number, location, and distribution of small farms?
  • Study the "Mean Agricultural Area" map provided. What jumps out to you?
  • Why are smallholder farmers key to feeding our world?
  • This map is a great first step in collecting data and information regarding smallholder farmers. What other information would you like to see collected and why?

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