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comment by uhsguy

Remember the article on agriculture in early civilizations? Well the same concepts apply to all farms.

Efficiency comes from planting a lot of a single crop, but if the crop fails there is no good way to manage Risk especially in a country that has no stabile state, supply chain, or currency. The inevitable result is farmers are one failed corp away from bankruptcy, especially if they get unlucky during the first couple years and aren’t able to build a reserve.