What is Subsistence Agriculture?

Subsistence Agriculture is a form of Agriculture that was practiced for thousands of years by people all around the world but now is practiced in some parts of the world. In this form of Agriculture, people grow a variety of crops in order to feed their families and not to sell those crops on the markets. The majority of crops harvested are consumed within the family, and only a very small portion of the harvest may be left for trade. Subsistence Agriculture is the opposite of Commercial Agriculture, where the crop is headed for sale in the market. When a grower practices subsistence farming, (s)he has to grow a great variety of crops or livestock that have adapted well to the local conditions (some grains, fruits, vegetables, smallholder livestock production, etc.).


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