Definition of smallholding in English:



  • 1An agricultural holding smaller than a farm.

    • ‘Nearly all of the smallholdings in Spiti are subsistence farms; hand to mouth to belly and out again.’
    • ‘I wonder if many farms or smallholdings were lost in New Orleans or don't they have that sort of thing there?’
    • ‘But he also put in train measures to tackle the chronic shortage of smallholdings in the island by dividing up some of the large estates.’
    • ‘They are a nuisance to poultry farms and smallholdings.’
    • ‘In the 1950s and the 1960s, the traditional export economy was renewed by a very successful program of replanting rubber estates and smallholdings with more productive varieties of rubber trees.’
    • ‘Wilson's clients were generally small businesses, shopkeepers, farms and smallholdings - not the sort of enterprises where the stakes were high enough to warrant such retribution.’
    • ‘He is likely to divert scarce foreign currency and cheap credits to loyal small businesses or co-operatives; he also has plans to distribute urban plots and rural smallholdings to the poor.’
    • ‘This community typifies agricultural production in the State of Mexico which, characterized by smallholdings, has traditionally been one of the main maizeproducing states.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, deer are eating all the trees, reinvigorated sparrowhawks are devouring all the songbirds and smallholdings are going out of business.’
    • ‘Some 20 years ago Midrand was an agricultural zone, with smallholdings and farmlands.’
    • ‘The left overs will be thrown to the masses who have smallholdings and are predominately Rail employees.’
    • ‘And when they farm - if they farm at all - they do so inefficiently, in smallholdings, largely at the mercy of nature.’
    • ‘Dispossession from small rural landholdings and the decline in the viability of many smallholdings in the 19th century led to widespread evictions.’
    • ‘Nafta is also said to have put 250,000 maize farmers in Mexico out of work, their smallholdings no match for the industrial farms of the American Midwest.’
    • ‘In warm weather, one eats outside in an orange grove with views over rustic villas and smallholdings.’
    • ‘The committee also recommended that physical security on farms and smallholdings, a suitable replacement for the commando system, proper policing and rural security also should be addressed.’
    • ‘Just north of Angera, along a road edged by smallholdings, vineyards and the occasional rustic villa, is the sleepy village of Ranco.’
    • ‘Such equine luxury did not reach down the scale to farms and smallholdings, whose buildings are familiar from George Morland's paintings.’
    • ‘In Byzantium, tenant smallholdings quickly became the most widespread mode of cultivation, with the decrease in the number of large estates and a near total eclipse of farming by the owners until the eleventh century.’
    • ‘Like much of northern Portugal, Bairrada is an area of agricultural smallholdings.’
    • ‘In Barbados, sugar cultivation hastened the rise of larger plantations and the decline in the number of smallholdings - and, of course, a growing proportion of the population was black and enslaved.’
    • ‘Their parents fished along the Luapula river and cultivated seasonal crops on subsistence smallholdings, so purchasing expensive textbooks was out of the question.’
    • ‘Percy Chapman & Son was established in 1886 by Percy Chapman when he was 16, selling corn and seed to local smallholdings.’
    • ‘His ‘hands-on’ experience comes from running the family-owned estate which comprises 11 tenanted farms, ranging from 20-acre smallholdings up to 500 acres.’
    holding, farmstead, steading, grange, plantation, estate
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    1. 1.1mass noun The practice of farming smallholdings.
      ‘cooperation with neighbours is the key to successful smallholding’
      • ‘By the 1980s unemployment and poverty could no longer be externalized to the homelands, and remnant smallholding could no longer give a majority of African people either significant income or social support.’
      • ‘The book which arose from the author's series on TV that touches on living in the country, cookery, self-sufficiency, food gathering and smallholding.’
      • ‘She's going to interview us for a programme about smallholding to be broadcast on Saturday 27th August (you can also listen on line, live and after the event).’
      • ‘This has made it the principal traditional family smallholding crop of choice.’
      • ‘We've also decided to take something of a sabbatical from smallholding next year, to allow us to concentrate on other things.’
      • ‘These small wineries have a great deal to offer in terms of the effort, skill and personal commitment they have invested in their own smallholding.’
      • ‘Whereas the Médoc is made up of large, grand estates, St-Émilion's 400 or so smallholders are essentially farmers, albeit dedicated to a single crop.’