Small Scale Approach to Rural Development

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About 22, 000 people die each day due to high poverty levels particularly in developing countries. The persistence of rural poverty has been a major cause of this problem. Ways to curb this problem have been one of the major tasks that development scholars have undertaken and this has given rise to conflicting development approaches or strategies and these approaches have led to raging debates as to which one offers the best approach to rural development, (Thurlown, 2006).
In this regard, the essay aims at critically examining the large-scale and small-scale development approaches, and further give view of which is the best approach to rural and agriculture development. It will start by defining key terms; large-scale and small-scale approaches. Thereafter, it will critically examine each of these developmental approaches; and later state which between the two offers the best approach to rural and agriculture development. Later in, a conclusion will be drawn. The focus of this paper will be on Small scale farming as an answer to rural development.
Large-scale development approach refers to large scale type of farming as a means to bring about development to rural areas. Large scale farming can therefore be defined as the production of crops and rearing of animals for sale intended for widespread distribution for consumption by others. The main objective of large scale development approach is achieving higher profits, (Sen, 1991).
Small-scale development approach refers to the use of Small scale farming as means to bring about development in rural areas. Small scale is closely related to subsistence farming and these terms are often used interchangeably. Small scale farming can be defined as production of crops and livestock on a small piece of land without using advanced and expensive technologies.(ibid).
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