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Farming diversity

May 13th, 2009

LEISA Magazine, volume 25: 1 – Farming diversity

Diversity is at the very heart of small-scale farming. It is found in different kinds of landscapes, consists of different ways of life, and is reflected in the large variety of crops being grown and many different kinds of agriculture being practised. Then why is it that while we say we value diversity – as most of us do – this does not lead to a greater appreciation of small-scale farming? On the contrary, those who believe that the way forward is through specialisation and economies of scale, consider small farms as unproductive and hampering progress. The latest issue of LEISA Magazine shows how small-scale farming strategies not only help ensure food security and a stable income, but also help deal with environmental changes. All that, and preserving diversity at the same time!

Have a look at the table of contents.