Sociology of Small Scale Farming

Woman farmer in Sapa, Vietnam

By 2013, Vietnam had halved malnutrition by investing in small scale (family) farming in just 12 years. Can the same happen in other nations? The United Nations believes so. What are some of the sociological considerations to boost the success of small scale farming? While this agricultural enterprise may be able to help families reduce hunger, it may not necessarily help households rise above the poverty line, unless social issues such as gender inequality are also addressed.

Ramom Tupinamba, a leader of the Tubinamba’s tribe, takes photos during the “meeting of rural workers and people” in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. According to the official report of the meeting, their objective is to demand that the government resolve the agrarian reform issues in Brazil, the demarcation of indigenous lands and offer financing for small family farms. From Aug. 20-22, more than 5000 representatives of rural social movements will gather in this meeting being held in the Brazilian capital city of Brasilia.. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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