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Family Farming: Core of the World’s Agricultural History


This chapter explains the impact of the modernization of agriculture and the advent of family farming in the political stage.


CIRAD: Family agriculture, technology and development

February 2014

This CIRAD ‘Technology transfer and development newsletter’ underlines the central challenge of building innovation capacities of family producers and CIRAD’s commitment to the issues since the start of the ‘family agriculture and globalisation programme’.


The author of this article makes an inventory of the challenges family farms are facing. en Afrique de l Ouest Bara.pdf

  • What is the future for Family Farming in West Africa in a context of  Liberalism ?

This study has been prepared  for the workshop entitled “ For a land securitizing of rural producers” which has been  co-organised by the Research Action Group on Land( GRAF) ,Burkina Faso ,the Research and Technological Exchanges Group (GRET),France and the IIED.   AGFamiliales.pdf

  • Mutations in West  African  agriculture  and role of Family Farming

This document was meant for the Club of the Sahel and West Africa (joined with OECD ) during the summer of 2003,in preparation of the World Trade Organisation Summit in Cancun ,September  of the same year.

This present article is a part of a set of studies initiated by the Club of Sahel and West Africa (CSWA)  and carried out by the IIED, and dealing with agricultural mutations in West Africa and the role of Family Farming.

Crowley E. 2013. With appropriate support family farming can contribute to the future of sustainable rural
development. Rural 21 – The International Journal for Rural Development.

IAASTD [International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development]. 20

X. Diao, S. Fan. S. Kanyarukiga and B. Yu (2007) Agricultural Growth and Investment Options
for Poverty Reduction in Rwanda. IFPRI Discussion Paper 00689. International Food Policy
Research Institute. Washington, D.C.09. Agriculture at a Crossroad: IAASTD Global Report. Washington DC, USA: Island Press.

J. Chamberlin (2008) It’s a Small World After All: Defining Smallholder Agriculture in Ghana.
IFPRI Discussion Paper 00823. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI),
Washington, D.C.Family farming in West Africa : present concepts and stakes

P. Collier (2007) Poverty Reduction in Africa, Centre for the Study of African Economies,
Department of Economics, University of Oxford, 2007.

C. Perez, C. Nicklin, O. Dangles, S. Vanek, S. Sherwood, S. Halloy, R. Martinez, K. Garrett y
G. Forbes. Texto sin publicar. Climate Change in the High Altitude Andes: Implications and
adaptation strategies for small-scale farmers

E. Godtland, E. Sadoulet, A. de Janvry, R. Murgai and O. Ortiz, The Impact of Farmer-Field-
Schools on Knowledge and Productivity: A Study of Potato Farmers in the Peruvian Andes
(2003), CUDARE Working Paper 963, Berkeley, California: Department of Agricultural &
Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley.

M. Smale, L. Diakité, and H. Jones. 2008. Enhancing the Capacity of Sahelian Farmers to
Manage their Millet and Sorghum Genetic Resources: A Econometric Analysis of Project
Impacts. Project Report. International Fund for Agricultural Development,TAG 696.

M. Smale, L. Nagarajan and M. Cohen (2009) Local Seeds, Local Markets: Rising Food Prices
and Small Farmers’ Access to Seed. IFPRI Issue Brief 57. International Food Policy Research
Institute, Washington, D.C.; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2009)
Seeds, Diversity and Development.

A.D. Alene, V. M. Manyong, G.O. Omanya, H.D. Mignouna, M. Bokanga, and G.D. Odhiambo
(2008) ‘Economic Efficiency and Supply Response of Women as Farm Managers: Comparative
Evidence from Western Kenya’, World Development 36(7): 1247-1260.