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  1. smallholdernoun

    a person owning or renting a smallholding


  1. smallholdernoun

    A person who owns or runs a smallholding.

  2. smallholdernoun

    A small slaveholder, a person who owns a smallholding.

    "planters and smallholders alike controlled far more than their equitable share of the political power and economic resources in their communities. Because small slaveholders aspired to be planters, they did not often align themselves with the political and economic interests of nonslaveholders." (Wilma P. Dunaway, Slavery in the American Mountain South: "Introduction" 9, 2003)


  1. smallholder

    A smallholding or smallholder is a small farm operating under a small-scale agriculture model. Definitions vary widely for what constitutes a smallholder or small-scale farm, including factors such as size, food production technique or technology, involvement of family in labor and economic impact. Smallholdings are usually farms supporting a single family with a mixture of cash crops and subsistence farming. As a country becomes more affluent, smallholdings may not be self-sufficient, but may be valued for the rural lifestyle. As the sustainable food and local food movements grow in affluent countries, some of these smallholdings are gaining increased economic viability. There are an estimated 500 million smallholder farms in developing countries of the world alone, supporting almost two billion people.Small-scale agriculture is often in tension with industrial agriculture, which finds efficiencies by increasing outputs, monoculture, consolidating land under big agricultural operations, and economies of scale. Certain labor-intensive cash-crops, such as cocoa production in Ghana or Côte d'Ivoire, rely heavily on small holders; globally, as of 2008 90% of cocoa is grown by smallholders. These farmers rely on cocoa for up to 60 to 90 per cent of their income. Similar trends in supply chains exist in other crops like coffee, palm oil, and bananas. In other markets, small scale agriculture can increase food system investment in small holders improving food security. Today some companies try to include smallholdings into their value chain, providing seed, feed or fertilizer to improve production.Because smallholding farms frequently require less industrial inputs and can be an important way to improve food security and sustainable food systems in less-developed contexts, addressing the productivity and financial sustainability of small holders is an international development priority and measured by indicator 2.3 of Sustainable Development Goal 2. Additionally, since agriculture has such large impacts on climate change, Project Drawdown described "Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders" an important method for climate change mitigation.


  1. smallholder

    A smallholder, also known as a small-scale farmer, is an individual who owns or cultivates a small piece of land for agricultural production. The size of this land varies widely in different regions, but it is typically smaller than the farms run by larger commercial agricultural businesses. Smallholders often rely on family labor and use various methods for producing crops and livestock, potentially for personal consumption or selling in local markets.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smallholder in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smallholder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of smallholder in a Sentence

  1. Gernot Laganda:

    Our experience shows that the smallholder farmers are an integral part of the solution to global warming.

  2. Chris Jackson:

    There are new opportunities for consolidating smallholder production, adding value and reaching new markets that smallholder farmers cannot realise individually.

  3. Kola Masha:

    The number one challenge for smallholder farmers in Africa is access to credit, as smartphone technology becomes cheaper we'll see an increasingly positive impact.

  4. Barack Obama:

    The goal is to drastically increase the productivity of smallholder farmers all throughout Africa, with just a few smart interventions, a little bit of help, they can make huge improvements in their overall yields.

  5. Essimi Menye:

    With this project, many irrigation schemes for both smallholder and large-scale farming are now envisaged. We are ready to support such initiatives to boost agriculture in the Far North.

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