Family Farming and the Worlds to Come. Sourisseau, Jean-Michel (Ed.) Springer, jointly published with Éditions Quæ, Versailles, France. 2015.
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In today's world, some 2.6 billion people produce more than 70% of the world's food on more than 500 million farms. By 2050, agriculture will have to feed 9 billion people. What role will family farming play then? To answer that question, it is important to start by establishing a definition.
Family farming provides jobs for 40% of workers worldwide, but:
To characterize family farms, a first possibility would be to look at farm size. For the 81 countries for which data are available:
However, size is too dependent on local and national factors.
For research purposes, it is better to take account of how farms operate. In this respect, a family farm is above all a farm on which:
Family farms occupy a wide range of environments, landscapes and territories: they thus have considerable capacity to adapt, thanks to the families' knowledge of their environment, notably by making use of fragile areas that are unsuitable for industrialized farming.