If a high percentage of a country's labor force is engaged in agriculture, is the type of agriculture most commonly practiced is probably subsistence or something else?  would this be subsistence...

If a high percentage of a country's labor force is engaged in agriculture, is the type of agriculture most commonly practiced is probably subsistence or something else?

 

would this be subsistence agriculture, since the country is more likely an ldc?

or could it be mixed crop and livestock faming, commercial agriculture, agribusiness, or extensive agriculture

im really leaning towards subsistence, but could it be any of the others? if it is, could you please explain me your reasoning?

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This is most likely to be an economy with subsistence agriculture.  The reason for this is that if most of the work force is working in agriculture it is not at all likely that the agriculture is very efficient.  In a more modern economy, the agricultural sector is efficient.  It is likely to have machinery and/or useful chemicals.  Then each farmer can grow surplus food that will be sold in markets.  In such an economy, there is no way that most of the people can be employed in agriculture because the sector does not need much labor.  

On the other hand, a subsistence agricultural sector is not efficient.  This means that it needs many workers to grow relatively small amounts of food.  If there are many workers in agriculture, it is because the agriculture is not being done efficiently and can only grow subsistence levels of output.

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