Journal article

The Role of Smallholders in Thai Agricultural Development

John Falvey

Kasetsart Journal of Social Science | Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI) | Published : 2000


The role of smallholders in underpinning the Thai economy through exported and domestic product and supporting their 70 percent of the population without government welfare is emphasised in a review of the needs for smallholder development. Economic development models are discussed in a context of agriculture fuelling economic growth with a revision of assumptions that family farms can be viewed as a phase toward large-scale commercial agriculture. Intensive smallholder agriculture permits production of high quality produce, efficient use of by- and waste products in integrated systems, and maintenance of cultural values. The review concludes that specific attention to smallholders is a prim..

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