IFAD Conference on new directions for smallholder agriculture

IFAD organized an international conference on "New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture" on 24-25 January 2011 in Rome, Italy to discuss the future of some 500 million smallholders. In much of Africa and South Asia, small farms still account for the largest share of agricultural output.

The conference was an opportunity to examine various options facing smallholders; what support can be extended to them and by whom; how far can they really become the engine for sustainable development of developing countries.  It was also an opportunity to learn from each other, compare and contrast successes and see what institutional, political and economic support is needed to ensure a better future for smallholders, within and outside agriculture.

Papers presented at the conference focused on regional diversities and the technical, financial and institutional environments which will determine their future. Rich discussions took place in plenary and breakout sessions, which motivated a final panel discussion on action going forward

Download the Proceedings of the Conference for a comprehensive account of discussions, papers, and presentations. Or, consult the Proceedings page to obtain the materials broken down by session and sub-session.