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Introduction 1 The story 1 The task of the farm family 2 Supporting the family farm 6 About the book 7 PART I: UNDERSTANDING THE RESILIENT FAMILY FARM 13 Chapter 1: Farm families and their social environment 15 Who are the smallholder farm families? 15 Their multiple roles 16 The social impact of the issues they face 19 Chapter 2: Farm families and their natural environment 31 The importance of farm resources 31 Environmental problems 32 Chapter 3: The family farm as an agricultural system 43 The agricultural system 43 Threats and risks 46 Reducing risk 47 Coping with constraints - the big three 48 Elements of agricultural systems 50 Synergy between agriculture and natural resources 51 Agriculture synergy with education, health and microfinance 53 Chapter 4: The family farm as an economic system 57 The economic system 57 The elements of the economic system 58 The basic triangle of income generation 59 The outer circle 63 Synergy and stewardship 64 Threats to the system 65 The flow of farm wealth 67 PART II: SUPPORTING THE RESILIENT FAMILY FARM 71 Chapter 5: Resilient farming: approaches to farm family support 73 Science and technology 73 Some cardinal rules 77 Chapter 6: The ripple effect: agricultural extension services 89 Spreading success 89 Some cardinal rules 90 Chapter 7: Barn-raising: support for building farm assets 101 The dilemma 101 What can be done? 102 Some cardinal rules 102 Chapter 8: Inspiring growth: developing farm enterprises 109 The dilemma 109 What can be done? 110 Some cardinal rules 111 Chapter 9: Going to market: support in selling farm products 121 The dilemma 121 Some cardinal rules 124 Chapter 10: Banking on the family: financial services to farm families 129 The dilemma 129 What can be done? 133 Some cardinal rules 134 Chapter 11: Speaking truth to power: advocacy for the family farm 141 The dilemma 141 What can be done? 143 Some cardinal rules 143 Chapter 12: Breaking the rules: the family farm in crisis 149 The dilemma 149 What can be done? 150 Conclusions 155 Glossary 158 Resources 164 About CRS 165 About the authors 166 Index 167Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Family farms Developing countries, Rural development Developing countries