Resilient Family Farm
Supporting agricultural development and rural economic growth
The Resilient Family Farm is an interdisciplinary primer written for those who are involved in or who support rural development. Part I highlights the economic and ecological realities of the small family farm, while Part II examines the role of the development organization in supporting farm families who cope with these economic and environmental realities. In simple, straightforward language with photographs and illustrations, The Resilient Family Farm includes examples of development successes and failures, shares observations and lessons from the field, clarifies the challenges and realities of rural development work and provides guidance for donors and practitioners who understand that the rich inter-connectedness and complexities of smallholder farm life demand complete, rather than partial, responses and support. This is a clearly written, well illustrated, interdisciplinary book and makes an excellent practical primer, ideal for those going into the field for the first time. Gaye Burpee is Director of the Technical Services Unit at Catholic Relief Services. Kim Wilson is Senior Advisor for Microfinance, South Asia region, of Catholic Relief Services
Gaye Burpee worked at the International Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, conducted research on socio-economic, environmental and agricultural aspects of cover crops in the Dominican Republic and served as a soil scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia for the Central American Hillsides Project, developing farmer-friendly tools to monitor soil quality.