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Farms, family farms, farmland distribution and farm labour By Food and Agriculture Organization

Farms, family farms, farmland distribution and farm labour by Food and Agriculture Organization

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This paper takes stock of the number of farms worldwide, their distribution and that of farmland, based on agricultural censuses and survey data. It shows that there are more than 608 million farms in the world, with more than 90% being family farms which occupy around 70-80% of farmland and produce about 80% of the world's food in value terms.

Farms, family farms, farmland distribution and farm labour Summary

Farms, family farms, farmland distribution and farm labour: what do we know today? by Food and Agriculture Organization

This paper takes stock of the number of farms worldwide, their distribution and that of farmland, based on agricultural censuses and survey data. It shows that there are more than 608 million farms in the world, with more than 90 percent being family farms which occupy around 70-80 percent of farmland and produce about 80 percent of the world's food in value terms. Some of the data gathered suggest the importance of not referring to family farms and small interchangeably: the latter account for 84 percent of all farms worldwide, but operate only around 12 percent of all agricultural land, and produce roughly 36 percent of the world's food. The paper also considers evidence on labour and age provided by the censuses. The publication concludes that there is a need to improve agricultural censuses if we want to deepen our understanding of farms, including indicators such as the ages of farm workers and agricultural holders, and information on seasonal or temporary hired labour. A better and more complete understanding will guide policy makers' efforts towards achieving a number of Sustainable Development Goals.

About Food and Agriculture Organization

Founded in 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO provides a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. The Organization publishes authoritative publications on agriculture, fisheries, forestry and nutrition.

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9789251319703
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Farms, family farms, farmland distribution and farm labour: what do we know today? by Food and Agriculture Organization
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Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
2020-02-28
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