Different challenges in farming between developed and developing countries?

LorenzoLorenzo Posts: 12 ✭✭✭
Talking about the future of farming has to address the fact that farming in a developed (ie: EU or North America) country/region may be different from farming in a developing (Africa, for example) country/region, even not counting for different shades of development over each area.
Some challenges will be similar, some will be different. It would be useful to see which are the greatest differences in challenges, because they may help us understand how certain solutions could/could not apply to all areas or only to certain ones.

For example, irrigation: there are developing countries which face a water/irrigation shortage now, while several developed countries will face water/irrigation shortage in the future (even in those cases where they already see signs of it, but are still able to do it.). That may require a different approach in how to tackle it. And so on.


  • NickOttensNickOttens Community Manager Amsterdam, NetherlandsPosts: 899 admin
    That's a very good point. It's one of the reasons we're discussing how to distinguish between different types of farming, to make sure that whatever challenges, trends, innovations and breakthroughs we look at, we analyze them from all the necessary angles.

    @SevagKechichian, maybe you have thoughts on this as well?
  • NickOttensNickOttens Community Manager Amsterdam, NetherlandsPosts: 899 admin
    @nsanzibagio, do you have insights on this topic? What are some of the biggest differences in terms of the challenges farmers in developing countries face compared to farmers in developed countries?
  • NickOttensNickOttens Community Manager Amsterdam, NetherlandsPosts: 899 admin
    As @dhanasreej pointed out in another discussion, one of the issues is climate change. It disproportionately affects smallholder farmers in the developing world, who do not have access to resources.
    They are mostly subsistence farmers who are powerless in the system. There is push for technology driven solutions in the developing countries, but it is rather slow and the trickle down effects are not reaching the most vulnerable communities.
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