SP053 - Small- versus big-holders: a debate on rural development trajectories for the Global South
Convened by Maarten Bavinck (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

This panel will debate a classical theme of development studies: the choice between a trajectory based on a few large, efficient firms and one that depends on a collection of autonomous peasants, or smallholders. Is ‘small’ indeed more beautiful than ‘big’? Or is ‘big’ more effective than ‘small’? Which trajectory is more capable of addressing the challenges of the future: providing sufficient food, reducing poverty, lessening environmental degradation, providing employment and lowering societal inequalities? We will discuss these topics in the context of agro-based, rural economies (fisheries, forestry, agriculture) of the Global South.