Development and Urbanization
Smallholdings are family-focused as they depend on family labor while producing for family consumption. It is therefore crucial to understand how the relations within farming families are being affected as they continue to live in “urbanizing” communities. This paper seeks to analyze how generational roles are negotiated among families from the Municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur in Southern Philippines. Through ethnography and key interviews with smallholders and their families, I explore how “adherence” to farming by the older members and “reluctance” by the younger ones are perceived and confronted. The results highlight the fundamental roles played by following: first is the sandwich generation in the formation of the youth’s views on the farming life, second is the migrant family members’ decision to settle back in the village or move out in the city after years of working, and last is the grandparents’ attitude towards the engagement or disengagement of other members in farm work.