Ten qualities of family farming

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Even in the International Year of Family Farming there is confusion about family farming. What is it, and what distinguishes it from entrepreneurial farming or family agribusiness? The confusion tends to be highest in places where the modernisation of agriculture has led society further away from farming. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg takes us into the world of family farming, which he says is considered to be “both archaic and anarchic, and attractive and seductive”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-11
JournalFarming Matters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • family farms
  • farm management
  • family labour
  • small farms
  • farming systems

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