Who needs large farms anyway?

This brings to the fore the issue of youth engagement in agriculture. Is government support to family farms sufficient enough to stem the flow of youth migration to urban areas?


Over 80 percent of Uruguay’s land area is used for livestock farming, dairy production, foliage and crop rotation, thereby generating about 70 percent of the country’s export[i] 13 percent employment rate and 9.3 percent GDP.[ii]

Most farms are family managed with beef and wool representing the major sources of livelihood sustenance for farmers. In 2007 Uruguay became the country with the highest number of cattle per head at 3.8 when it accounted for herds totaling 12 million.[iii] However, most of these cattle are owned by smallholder family farmers who exploit small plots of land.

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