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Resilient Family Farm : Supporting agricultural development and rural economic growth - Gaye Burpee

Resilient Family Farm

Supporting agricultural development and rural economic growth

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9781853395925
Number Of Pages: 192

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The Resilient Family Farm is an interdisciplinary primer written for those who are involved in or who support rural development. Part I highlights the economic and ecological realities of the small family farm, while Part II examines the role of the development organization in supporting farm families who cope with these economic and environmental realities. In simple, straightforward language with photographs and illustrations, The Resilient Family Farm includes examples of development successes and failures, shares observations and lessons from the field, clarifies the challenges and realities of rural development work and provides guidance for donors and practitioners who understand that the rich inter-connectedness and complexities of smallholder farm life demand complete, rather than partial, responses and support. This is a clearly written, well illustrated, interdisciplinary book and makes an excellent practical primer, ideal for those going into the field for the first time. Gaye Burpee is Director of the Technical Services Unit at Catholic Relief Services. Kim Wilson is Senior Advisor for Microfinance, South Asia region, of Catholic Relief Services

Acknowledgementsp. v
Introductionp. 1
The storyp. 1
The task of the farm familyp. 2
Supporting the family farmp. 6
About the bookp. 7
Understanding the Resilient Family Farmp. 13
Farm families and their social environmentp. 15
Who are the smallholder farm families?p. 15
Their multiple rolesp. 16
The social impact of the issues they facep. 19
Farm families and their natural environmentp. 31
The importance of farm resourcesp. 31
Environmental problemsp. 32
The family farm as an agricultural systemp. 43
The agricultural systemp. 43
Threats and risksp. 46
Reducing riskp. 47
Coping with constraints--the big threep. 48
Elements of agricultural systemsp. 50
Synergy between agriculture and natural resourcesp. 51
Agriculture synergy with education, health and microfinancep. 53
The family farm as an economic systemp. 57
The economic systemp. 57
The elements of the economic systemp. 58
The basic triangle of income generationp. 59
The outer circlep. 63
Synergy and stewardshipp. 64
Threats to the systemp. 65
The flow of farm wealthp. 67
Supporting the Resilient Family Farmp. 71
Resilient farming: approaches to farm family supportp. 73
Science and technologyp. 73
Some cardinal rulesp. 77
The ripple effect: agricultural extension servicesp. 89
Spreading successp. 89
Some cardinal rulesp. 90
Barn-raising: support for building farm assetsp. 101
The dilemmap. 101
What can be done?p. 102
Some cardinal rulesp. 102
Inspiring growth: developing farm enterprisesp. 109
The dilemmap. 109
What can be done?p. 110
Some cardinal rulesp. 111
Going to market: support in selling farm productsp. 121
The dilemmap. 121
Some cardinal rulesp. 124
Banking on the family: financial services to farm familiesp. 129
The dilemmap. 129
What can be done?p. 133
Some cardinal rulesp. 134
Speaking truth to power: advocacy for the family farmp. 141
The dilemmap. 141
What can be done?p. 143
Some cardinal rulesp. 143
Breaking the rules: the family farm in crisisp. 149
The dilemmap. 149
What can be done?p. 150
Conclusionsp. 155
Glossaryp. 158
Resourcesp. 164
About CRSp. 165
About the authorsp. 166
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9781853395925
ISBN-10: 1853395927
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: ITDG Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32