This factsheet was produced for, and used at the international Seas of Change workshop in 2012.
Vegetable crops, including root and tuber crops, are the second most important group of crops produced worldwide, after cereals. In some countries agricultural growth potential is more strongly linked with diversification into high-value horticulture crops.
Horticulture can be significant in terms of inclusiveness of small farmers. It can be very profitable with very limited landholding. As well, it can be managed by family labour, without entailing additional labour costs. The main challenge for scaling up inclusion of small farmers in horticulture is their difficulty in meeting food safety standards, and, in turn, reluctance of supermarkets and exporters in engaging with them.
You can download the Seas of Change factsheet here: SoC Horticulture Factsheet