Increasing Labour Productivity in Agriculture and its Implications

A.W. van den Ban

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In order to profit from the economic growth in their society farmers can (1) increase the yields of their crops and animals, (2) switch to the production of high value products for which there is an increasing demand in the market, (3) increase the labour productivity on their farm, (4) find non-farm sources of income for some or all of their family members. Many farmers are aware that with the increasing average income in their country the proportion of the labour force which can find employment in agriculture decreases. Therefore options (3) and (4) are important for them, but in many countries they do not get much help from extension services and social institutions to realize these options in their situation. These extension services and institutions need support from socio-economic research to be able to provide this help
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-409
JournalJournal of Agricultural Education and Extension
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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