Title

Agriculture and sustainable development: The role of small scale agriculture in obtaining food security

Date of Award

3-13-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Global Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Global Affairs

Advisor

Heather Booth

Keywords

Agribusiness; Neoliberalism; Food Security; Tanzania

Abstract

The international community has expressed a renewed interest in small scale agriculture and the role it plays in long-term food security in the face of climate change and population growth. This interest has led to a new development paradigm in which small scale producers are being brought into the global market. Undoubtedly, small scale agriculture should be pursued as a sustainable form of development which can contribute to poverty alleviation, environmental stewardship, and the preservation of genetic diversity. These unique contributions are inherently threatened by a system captured in the idea of the neoliberal food regime. The ability of small scale agriculture to uphold the goals of food security are dependent on recognition and preservation of these contributions.

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