Small-scale farming continues to be the economic livelihood base for large numbers of people around the world. In developing countries, most people (2.5 billion) are involved in agriculture, and of these, 1 billion are small-scale farmers with access to two hectares or less of farmland. In spite of their small base, this form of farming is enormously dynamic: markets are changing, the labour situation is changing and infrastructure – roads, market infrastructure, financing infrastructure and means of communication – are all undergoing rapid development. All of these factors have a large impact on how small-scale farms operate. Some of these changes are threats and can marginalise this livelihood base, but many of these changes are also providing opportunities for economically and environmentally sustainable small-scale agriculture.
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