subsistence farming


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subsistence farming

n
(Agriculture) a type of farming in which most of the produce (subsistence crop) is consumed by the farmer and his or her family, leaving little or nothing to be marketed

subsist′ence farm`ing


n.
farming that provides for the farm family's needs with little surplus for marketing.
[1935–40]
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Noun1.subsistence farming - farming that provides for the basic needs of the farmer without surpluses for marketingsubsistence farming - farming that provides for the basic needs of the farmer without surpluses for marketing
farming, husbandry, agriculture - the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
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We believe that coffee production will remain at risk over the next few years as the nature of subsistence farming will limit investment into safeguards.
Adams notes the significant roles played by women in subsistence farming and also in cubic matters.
These risks can be devastating particularly to rural households and small-scale farmers who depend on subsistence farming," he said.
Even after the war subsided, most people continued to eke out a living through bare-bones subsistence farming.
During the 19th century, says Brunton, most of the world's population lived by some form of subsistence farming, and most of the food produced was eaten within the family group.
Cocoa and coffee production is lower today than 50 years ago and most people are still employed in subsistence farming.
Many of them are what you think of as the traditional third world nations with people who are dirt poor and relying on subsistence farming to survive.