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History of Farming Systems Researc

History of Farming Systems Researc

By: Michael Collinson (editor)Hardback

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Farming Systems Research (FSR) may be defined as a diagnostic process, providing a collection of methods for researchers to understand farm households and their decision-making. Its applications use this understanding to increase efficiency in the use of human and budgetary resources for agricultural development, including research, extension and policy formulation.This book provides a detailed history of FSR. While it includes the application of FSR to developed country agriculture, its main focus is on FSR in its original role, with small-scale, resource-poor farmers in less developed countries. There are some 40 contributions from nearly 50 contributors from 20 countries, illustrating both the diversity and coherence of FSR. The book was initiated by the then International Association for Farming Systems Research and Extension (now International Farming Systems Association) and developed with support from FAO. It provides a wealth of information and insights for all concerned with agricultural development.


1: Introduction, M CollinsonPart 1: Understanding Farmers and their Farming2: FSR-origins and perspectives, G Escobar, P Hildebrand, R Harwood, D Norman, M Collinson3: FSR-understanding farming systems, R Hart, M Collinson, J Farrington, H Sims Feldstein, R TrippPart 2: The Applications of Farming Systems Research4: FSR in technology choice and development, A Stroud, R Kirkby, A J Sutherland, J N Kang'ara5: FSR in extension and policy formulation, C Butler Flora, C Francis, J A Berdegue, J DixonPart 3: Institutional Commitment to Farming Systems Research6: Some institutional experiences in national agricultural research, J Bonnemaire at al., M Benoit-Cattin, W Stoop et al., S A Kean, M Creasy Ndiyoi7: Some dimensions of the organisation of FSR, A Stroud, S A Kean, M Creasy Ndiyoi, E H Gilbert8: Training for FSR, P Anandajayasekeram, R Hawkins, W W ShanerPart 4: FSR: The Professional Dimension9: The regional and international associations, H MacArthur, J A Berdegue, J Olukosi, N Ranweera10: FSR and the professional disciplines, D Norman, C M McCorkle, P Hildebrand, D KeeneyPart 5: Future Directions for FSR11: At the cutting edge, T van Eijk, E Miranda, R Quiroz et al., L Sperling, J A Ashby, C Lightfoot, J P Deffontaines et al.12: Future directions for FSR, M Collinson and C Lightfoot

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  • ISBN13: 9780851994055
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 448
  • ID: 9780851994055
  • ISBN10: 0851994059

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