Definition of subsistence farmer in English:

subsistence farmer


  • A person who owns or manages a farm on which they grow crops or raise livestock sufficient only for their own use, without any surplus for trade.

    ‘a rural subsistence farmer in the South’
    • ‘Her husband — a violin player — worked as subsistence farmers.’
    • ‘A subsistence farmer living in this rural area for most of his life, he supported himself working as a cook when he moved to the city.’
    • ‘About 80 percent of the population here is comprised of subsistence farmers.’
    • ‘Concern is mounting in the country over continued low rainfall and its impact on the country's subsistence farmers and agro-industry.’
    • ‘Traditional subsistence farmers are being displaced by cattle ranchers.’
    • ‘These groups warn that GM crops would threaten biodiversity and make subsistence farmers dependent on the biotech companies.’
    • ‘Our system enables a subsistence farmer to move from growing a single crop on one plot of land to double cropping in the same season.’
    • ‘Few families are wholly subsistence farmers, having relied traditionally on cash from the sale of surplus produce or from emigration of family members.’
    • ‘Outside urban areas, Peruvians are largely subsistence farmers.’
    • ‘The majority of the population are subsistence farmers, raising just enough crops and animals to meet their own needs.’