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See below for a selection of the latest books from Smallholdings category. Presented with a red border are the Smallholdings books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Smallholdings books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Small Farm Agriculture in Southern Europe

Small Farm Agriculture in Southern Europe

Author: Eric Monke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2020

First published in 1998, this volume features specialists in agricultural economics who have provided case studies on small farms in northern and central Portugal and southern and central Italy. The collaboration is a result of an early 1990s research project on small farm agriculture in Portugal and Italy and the likely impacts of the Common Agricultural Policy. It recognises that small farms have become an unexpected yet durable aspect of the agricultural landscape since World War II. As small farms represent 95% of the number of farms in Portugal and Italy, the contributors provide some much needed analysis of an often overlooked aspect of the agricultural sector.

The sustainable intensification of smallholder farming systems

The sustainable intensification of smallholder farming systems

Author: Dr Steve Wiggins, David Eagle Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2020

Due to a lack of understanding of the constraints they face, many projects developed to support smallholders fail with low adoption rates and limited improvements in livelihoods and food security. Greater emphasis must be placed upon successfully supporting smallholder farmers and their farming systems. The sustainable intensification of smallholder farming systems provides a comprehensive review of recent research on effective support measures to improve the livelihoods of smallholders in sub-Saharan Africa. This collection features detailed discussions on ways to improve access to key resources, such as seeds, tools and expertise for soil health improvement and integrated pest management (IPM) programmes. A part dedicated to finance and information assesses the need to improve support systems, including farmer organisations and commercial extension services, for the benefit of particular groups of smallholders, e.g. female farmers. Based on a wealth of practical experience from leading experts in the field, The sustainable intensification of smallholder farming systems will be a standard reference on how best to target support for smallholders to achieve real improvements in their livelihoods. It will be essential reading for university and other researchers studying smallholder farming systems in departments of agricultural science, international development, politics and development economics. It will also be a key reference for government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in development programmes focussing on smallholders, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Running for the Hills

Running for the Hills

Author: Horatio Clare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

When Jenny and Robert fall in love in the late 1960s they decide to build a new future together, away from the city. They escape to an isolated sheep farm nestled on a mountainside. It has no running water but it is beautiful and rugged. Their young sons can roam wild. As their flock struggles, money runs low and rain drives in horizontally across the fields, inside the ancient house their marriage begins to unravel. Wilful and romantic, Jenny refuses to abandon her farm. She will bring her boys up single-handedly on the mountain. Together they embark on a perilous adventure. Running for the Hills is astonishing family memoir - Horatio Clare vividly recreates his mother's extraordinary way of life and his own bewitching childhood in a magical story of love and struggle.

Hire services as a business enterprise

Hire services as a business enterprise

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2020

This manual is designed to help train actual and potential farm mechanization service providers, with the aim of increasing access to sustainable farm power and raising smallholder farmers' productivity. It focuses on the provision of farm mechanization services as a viable business opportunity for entrepreneurs, as well as the essential criteria for raising productivity in an environmentally sensitive and responsible way. The manual will be of particular interest to policymakers working on achieving sustainable intensification in the agricultural sector and to trainers charged with implementing training courses for entrepreneurial mechanization service providers.

Smallholder Farmers and Farming Practices

Smallholder Farmers and Farming Practices

Author: Toyin Kolawole Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/03/2020

This book emanated from the research outputs of different authors whose diverse academic traditions and wide geographic spread play a major role in enriching its contents. The volume is mainly a compilation on smallholder farmers and their practices. The book also highlights the challenges, which that small farmers frequently encounter, and the opportunities or prospects, which abound in their farming operations. Compartmentalised into three major sections, this 11-chapter volume provides an account of thought-provoking scenarios and narratives, which are rich and well- suited for policy development and praxis. The book, therefore, compels policymakers to see opportunities in every challenge associated with smallholder agriculture rather than see challenges in every opportunity therein. While some of the chapters present the results of field experimentations that highlight the impacts of certain geographic features and fertilizer use on root tuber cultivars' production, some explore the effect of climate change on smallholder farming practices and how small farmers counteract the vagaries of weather conditions, which might impede their livelihoods. Nonetheless, most of the chapters largely rely on sociological methodologies to identify pertinent issues affecting the smallholder agriculture. While some of the issues underscore the advocacy for organic farming and its associated benefits or opportunities, others emphasize the uniqueness of certain agro-ecological farming systems and the opportunities, which they might offer resource-poor, smallholder farmers. A number of the chapters specifically provide some historical perspectives on the political economy of smallholder agriculture and identify the motivating and demotivating factors influencing young farmers' affection for farming while some accentuate the pertinent role of research in determining small farmers' response to the adoption of improved biotechnology in achieving food security. In the context of this book, there is a convergence in the findings and viewpoints of the authors in many places regarding topical issues on environmental sustainability, mitigation of climate change, ethics of the agri-food systems and agricultural policy.

Small Farm Agriculture in Southern Europe

Small Farm Agriculture in Southern Europe

Author: Eric Monke Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2019

First published in 1998, this volume features specialists in agricultural economics who have provided case studies on small farms in northern and central Portugal and southern and central Italy. The collaboration is a result of an early 1990s research project on small farm agriculture in Portugal and Italy and the likely impacts of the Common Agricultural Policy. It recognises that small farms have become an unexpected yet durable aspect of the agricultural landscape since World War II. As small farms represent 95% of the number of farms in Portugal and Italy, the contributors provide some much needed analysis of an often overlooked aspect of the agricultural sector.

The Allotment Book - How To Make The Most Of Your Land

The Allotment Book - How To Make The Most Of Your Land

Author: Walter Brett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2019

The Gardener-Smallholder for Profit

The Gardener-Smallholder for Profit

Author: Anon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2019

The Smallholder's Pocket Guide

The Smallholder's Pocket Guide

Author: S A Maycock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2019

Farming Made Easy

Farming Made Easy

Author: J C Newsham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2019