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Economics for market-oriented farming

Farm management extension guide 1









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    Market oriented farming: an overview 2013
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    The global changes of rapid population growth, urbanization and market liberalization, impact directly on farming making it more market-oriented and competitive. These trends have an effect on farmers who need to develop their management skills and competencies to cope with this changing farming environment. For farmers to be better managers and to run their businesses for profit, they need assistance from extension workers. For many extension workers, however, business management is often a challenge as their experience and practice has largely been focused on agricultural production and technology transfer. To provide support it is critical that extension workers understand some of the concepts and practices of farm business management as applied to their day-to-day extension work.
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    Economics for farm management extension 2008
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    Economics plays an important part in the lives of all people. Farm management requires an understanding of economics as it relates to the production and marketing decisions that are needed for the selection and combination of enterprises. The timely and proper allocation of resources is necessary in order to provide an understanding of how market-oriented farming functions and this in turn suggests how economics can be used to increase efficiency and profitability. This guide aims to provide extension workers with an understanding of some of the principles underlying economic thinking as applied to farming.
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    Policy brief
    Advancing rural advisory services to promote market orientation in Jordan
    Making rural services work for small-scale farmers
    2022
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    Rural advisory services play a crucial role in improving smallholders' livelihoods and reducing rural poverty by equipping farmers with the information, knowledge and skills needed to increase their productivity and profitability, to manage risks, and to engage effectively with markets. This entails diverse services that empower farmers to make informed decisions, manage their farms as sustainable businesses, and act collectively to improve economic operations. This wide range of rural advisory services that address agricultural productivity, as well as producers’ organizational, management and marketing capacities, are recognized as market-oriented services. Such diverse services are often provided by multiple service providers from public, private and civil society organizations who engage in the delivery of services in different forms and capacities. Recognizing and leveraging this plurality of service providers has the potential to enhance the quality of services and inclusivity of the service system, ensuring that effective services are accessible to small-scale farmers and responsive to their diverse needs. This policy brief highlights key considerations and recommendations for strengthening rural advisory services in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from a pluralistic and market-oriented system perspective.

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