How much of the world’s food do smallholders produce?

crop production by farm size using a newly-compiled global sample of subnational level microdata and agricultural censuses covering more countries (n=55) and crop types (n=154) than assessed to date. We estimate that farms under 2ha globally produce 28–31% of total crop production and 30–34% of food supply on 24% of gross agricultural area. Farms under 2ha devote a greater proportion of their production to food, and account for greater crop diversity, while farms over 1000ha have the greatest proportion of post-harvest loss.

Article in Global Food Security, Volume 17, June 2018, Pages 64-72

The dataset accompanying this article has been published separately; is available under open access; and can be found here

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