B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
Most of our farmers work on small plots of land and can be described as family farmers, smallholders or just peasants. This kind of farming provides employment to about 70 per cent of our adult population.
Typically a peasant farmer uses a hand hoe and a machete, as his or her main tools to produce crops on a hectare or two of land.
Most peasants have not yet accepted the wisdom of family planning and continue to raise large families. When the head of the household dies the farm plot is divided up for each one of the children to inherit for such are the dictates of our traditional inheritance system.
The farms are getting smaller, overworked, and less productive as the population to feed gets bigger. Read more