[permaculture] Peasant Sovereignty?

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Fri Mar 8 19:49:33 EST 2019


Peasant Sovereignty?
https://www.independentsciencenews.org/environment/peasant-sovereignty/

By Evaggelos Vallianatos
In May 2014, the Spain-based international agrarian organization, Grain,
reported
<http://www.grain.org/article/entries/4929-hungry-for-land-small-farmers-feed-the-world-with-less-than-a-quarter-of-all-farmland>
that small farmers not only “feed the world with less than a quarter of all
farmland,” but they are also the most productive farmers on Earth. For
example, small farmers and peasants in nine European countries outproduce
large farmers. The “productivity of small farms [in Europe] is at least
twice that of big farms.” This remarkable achievement is not limited to
Europe. Grain says: “if all farms in Kenya had the current productivity of
the country’s small [peasant] farms, Kenya’s agricultural production would
double. In Central America and Ukraine, it would almost triple. In Russia,
it would be increased by a factor of six.”


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