Food Equity | Student Poster | 2019
URBANIZATION THREATS TO SMALLHOLDER FARMER FINANCIAL SECURITY IN KERALA, INDIA
Avery Sirwatka, Yeeli Mui, Radhika Kumar, Usha Soolapani, Sridhar Radhakrishnan, Samina Raja
- Smallholder farmers make up approximately 85 percent of the 570 million farmers worldwide. Carrying out operations on two hectares or less, smallholder farmers operate on about 12 percent of the world’s agricultural land, but produce approximately 80 percent of the world’s food.
- A key component of smallholder farmer success and overall food security is access to food supply chains, defined here as the “farm to fork” sequence of activities, beginning with production and ending with consumption.
- Despite the promise of globalization, however, many smallholder farmers in the Global South increasingly face challenges related to financial security and sustainability of their farm operations.
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