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Changing perspectives: Small-scale farmers, markets and globalisation

Sophia Murphy

Book/Report, 40 pages

This paper, the first in a series from the Hivos/IIED Knowledge Programme Small Producer Agency in the Globalised Market, maps and summarises the debate on small-scale farmers and their relationships to globalised and globalising markets. It documents evolving views of small-scale farming as the process of globalisation evolves and looks at how small-scale farmers have navigated the changes brought about by globalisation. It describes five broad narratives to on how different actors see small-scale farmers in the context of globalising markets and explores how the 2007-2008 global food crisis and its aftermath have challenged these narratives.

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Murphy, S (2012)Changing Perspectives: Small-scale farmers, markets and globalisation,2012 Revised edition, IIED/Hivos, London/The Hague, revised version 2012.

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What are the strategies and constraints of small-scale producers in an era of globalisation? This project provides insights that can help in designing better policies and business interventions to support them.

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