Fun Facts about Farming & Agriculture
- Subsistence farmers are farmers who produce the food they need to survive on a daily basis. They are farmers who raise enough food for themselves and their families. The food is not for sale in a market.
- African smallholder farmers are the people that feed Africa – but struggle to feed themselves.
- Most Africans make their living from agriculture – but not in a way that helps economies grow. Click To Tweet
- The reason why (for no. 3 above) is because not enough African governments are investing in agriculture programs.
- If more African countries get committed to agriculture, there could be a significant reduction of poverty, provide jobs and boost the continent’s economy.
- Women make up 30% of today’s farmers. Click To Tweet
- More than 20 percent of all farmers are beginning farmers.
- Farmers often plant tall, dense trees on the edges of fruit farms. These trees provide a windbreak, which helps prevent soil erosion.
- The tallest, biggest trees or bushes do not always yield the most fruit. Controlling the height of plants helps produce more fruit in less space. Click To Tweet Farmers may also change a tree’s shape by cutting branches or forcing branches to grow in a certain direction. The shape of the tree affects its lifespan and the size of its fruit.
- According to many historians, goats were the first animals to be domesticated.
- Pigs, a common farm animal, are thought to be the 4th most intelligent animal, after chimps, dolphins, and elephants. A group of pigs is called a sounder.
- The coffee bean is actually the seed of a fruit referred to as a cherry. The fruit has an outer skin, mucilage, parchment skin, silver skin, and two beans at the center. Finally, when the cherry turns a dark red they are ready for harvest, then they’re dried, processed and shipped off.
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