Conference Structure

Day 1. Small farms: their role, challenges and opportunities

  • Role of small farms for agricultural growth, food security and resilience
  • Commercialization and smallholder participation in value chains
  • Informality and small farms
  • Interaction between corporate agribusiness and small farms
  • New forms of cooperation in rural areas
  • Role of women in small farm development and income diversification
  • Spatial aspects of smallholder farming including migration

Day 2. Policies for small farms: growth vs. social goals

  • How should the state support small farms
  • Policies promoting competitiveness of small farms
  • Public goods for enabling livelihood strategies of rural households
  • Political economy of agricultural and pro-poor public policies
  • Agricultural support: redistribution tool vs. growth engine
  • Role of land tenure security for small farms
  • Land management and land relations
  • Access to finance and non land production factors

Day 3. The future of semi-subsistence farms

  • Semi-subsistence farming as retirement strategy or transitory stage to commercialisation
  • Small farms in developed and developing world
  • Politicians’ perspectives on small farms’ development
  • Interest representation of small farms
  • Modern technology and the future of small farms