BANGLADESH  FOOD SECURITY INVESTMENT FORUM 2010<br />Strategies and Investment to Increase Income of the Small Commercial ...
Definition – Small Commercial Farmer<br />The 40 percent of rural people who produce 80 percent of agricultural output.<br...
Relation to Food Security<br />The food insecure earn income from employment in the rural nonfarm sector<br />They produce...
What is Required to Raise Incomes of the SCF?<br />The core requirement is five sets of public services (government)<br />...
What are the Priorities for Foreign Assistance for Food Security?<br />Recognize that the core to food security is raising...
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Strategies and Investments to Increase Income of the Small Commercial Farmer

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Presentation by John W. Mellor
Bangladesh Food Security Investment Forum 2010
26 May 2010, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Strategies and Investments to Increase Income of the Small Commercial Farmer

  1. 1. BANGLADESH FOOD SECURITY INVESTMENT FORUM 2010<br />Strategies and Investment to Increase Income of the Small Commercial Farmer – and Thereby Increase Food Security<br />John W. Mellor <br />(John Mellor Associates, Inc.)<br />26-27 May 2010 <br />
  2. 2. Definition – Small Commercial Farmer<br />The 40 percent of rural people who produce 80 percent of agricultural output.<br />Does not include holdings so small that only part-time farmers, e.g. 0.25 hectares.<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Relation to Food Security<br />The food insecure earn income from employment in the rural nonfarm sector<br />They produce non-tradeables – only salable locally<br />The small commercial farmer generates the income that expands demand for what they produce.<br />Thus, is it rising income of the small commercial farmer that is responsible for 80 to 90 percent of rural poverty reduction<br />3<br />
  4. 4. What is Required to Raise Incomes of the SCF?<br />The core requirement is five sets of public services (government)<br />Higher agricultural education to train myriad technical persons<br />Agricultural research<br />Extension services<br />Specialized agricultural credit institutions<br />Analysis and regulation of water resources<br />Private sector – of course – but bottleneck is public<br />4<br />
  5. 5. What are the Priorities for Foreign Assistance for Food Security?<br />Recognize that the core to food security is raising incomes of SCF<br />Major, sustained, technical assistance to agricultural universities. This drives all else – shortage of trained people = shortage of impact<br />Major sustained assistance to the agricultural research system – in agriculture, income growth is driven by improved biological technology<br />Technical assistance in the specialized agricultural credit agencies tremendous amount learned over past 20 years need to spread that<br />In-depth analyses of irrigation potentials and needs – serious problem on Bangladesh<br />5<br />
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