Can family farming make poverty history?
In just 12 years leading up to 2010, Vietnam cut the country’s malnutrition rate in half by investing in small scale farming.
Poverty in the country has plummeted from 58 percent in 1993 to 18 percent by 2006, says development charity Oxfam, who cites the Asian country as a exceptional model for others around the world.
Vietnam went from being a rice importer to the second biggest exporter of rice in the world. “The magic formula is political will and vision,” says Hannah Stoddart, head of economic justice policy at Oxfam GB. “Planning a government strategy and making sure the investment gets to those who need it most is the key,” she says.
Smallholder farming, a term used for small scale or family farming, is in fact the best way to describe 500 million farms globally where two billion people live and work.
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