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Helping India's Smallholder Farmers

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Photo: University of Delaware

Phys.org

To help smallholder farmers in India — farmers who own farms less than five acres in size — simply planting more crops is not enough, on its own, to provide year-round nutrition and the necessary food security.

Instead of simply employing the practice of multiple cropping — producing crops multiple times during the year and not just in one growing season — a new study led by the University of Delaware’s Pinki Mondal shows that smallholder farmers in India should instead look toward different nutrition strategies. 

These strategies can be on the individual level, such as growing ...