Farmers and farming over the world

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Farmers and farming in the world

On a worldwide scale, farming shows a great diversity, and farmers are nonetheless different .
Dutch, American, Mexican, Sahelian, Javanese farmers, rangeland breeders or wine producers, all of them, seem to be concerned in many different ways.

However, their stories have some features in common: the farmer's work is something difficult, the trend towards fields ownership is a permanent problem, yield and prices are uncertain and usually cultivating a land rarely makes you grow rich. All these difficulties make suspicious young and old people…

The differences of conditions according to each type of farming is due to the historical background of societies and environmental development…agro-ecollogical environment of course but also population rate ( field surface per inhabitants and per active worker), as well as the levels of development (number of inhabitants per active worker) explain the farming yield and productivity. Productivity and yield being closely related to the development of scientific research, education, information and cultural level.

The complexity of the problem and the knowledge of the scientific community "Agropolis", lead the choice for the exhibition to only eight types of farming.

The visitor is to compare and make his own statement when looking at the diversity of farming types on a worldwide scale :

 Rangeland grazing as a farming system of cattle breeding on wide space grazing land (Morocco Atlas mountain) .

Rice crops in Indonesia (Yodgarkarta island) as an intensive and industrious agriculture to feed a high population rate

Greenhouses in The Netherlands as a type of agriculture highly industrialized with high yields

Sahel as diversified and constraining types of agriculture in the Soudano sahelian region

U.S.A. (the middle west) as an extensive farming with high yields

Mexico as an old agrarian society with an historical background

Plantations as an historical system bound with the international great markets : a cocoa plantation in Cameroun

France : an agriculture on the turn


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