subsistence farming


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subsistence farming

[səb¦sis·təns ¦färm·iŋ]
(agriculture)
Growth of crops predominantly for consumption by the farm family rather than for sale.
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Before recorded history, and before the state, there had been not subsistence farming but flexibility and abundance.
More than 90 per cent of the crops in Vanuatu were destroyed, a devastating blow to a population that relies heavily on subsistence farming. According to the UN, the country faces at least another month without locally grown food since the first harvest from fast-growing crops is likely to be in mid-June.
In contrast, GDP disregards the contribution of subsistence farming or non-commercial agriculture in informal economies.
These risks can be devastating particularly to rural households and small-scale farmers who depend on subsistence farming," he said.
Problems like water logging and salinity, limited cultivated area, backward and outdated techniques of farming, illiteracy, subsistence farming, feudal system, improper irrigation facilities, problem of credit facility etc have put this sector on back foot.
Cocoa and coffee production is lower today than 50 years ago and most people are still employed in subsistence farming. Cocoa cultivation is concentrated along the coast of Bioko and in the north of Rio Muni.
During the 19th century, says Brunton, most of the world's population lived by some form of subsistence farming, and most of the food produced was eaten within the family group.
Though most of them live off subsistence farming, social aid and cash from relatives working abroad, they would rather stay poor than run what they say is the risk of ruining their environment.
"Land O Lakes helps farmers in developing countries move from subsistence farming to farming as a business, helping the private sector gain traction and grow a reliable customer base.
Teacher and project leader Steve Cheesbrough said: "In Malawi, without a good education, only basic, low paid work is available, or families have to support themselves through subsistence farming.
iDE UK has a market-based philosophy where they support small-scale family farmers to move from subsistence farming to selling their produce for profit.
A Nigerian government spokesman, Onyekachi Eni, said Sunday that at least 50 people have been killed in Ebonyi in the eastern Nigeria following clashes between rival ethnic groups, the Ezza and Ezilo peoples due to a land dispute in an area where most of the people depend on subsistence farming for a living.