or subsistence agriculture
farming whose products are intended to provide for the basic needs of the farmer, with little surplus for marketing.
farming that brings little or no profit to the farmer, allowing only for a marginal livelihood.
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Origin of subsistence farming
First recorded in 1935–40
Words nearby subsistence farming
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British Dictionary definitions for subsistence farming
a type of farming in which most of the produce (subsistence crop) is consumed by the farmer and his family, leaving little or nothing to be marketed
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Cultural definitions for subsistence farming
Farming that provides enough food for the farmer and his family but not enough for sale. By comparison, commercial farming is farming that provides products for sale.
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