subsistence noun definition in Growing crops topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

subsistence

 noun: Growing crops topic
the state of having just enough money or food to stay alive Many families are living below the level of subsistence. to live below (the) subsistence level They had no visible means of subsistence. subsistence agriculture/farming (= growing enough only to live on, not to sell) subsistence crops Our ancestors lived in basic subsistence economies where cash never changed hands. He worked a 16-hour day for a subsistence wage (= enough money to buy only basic items).