Researching the Culture in Agri-Culture: Social Research for International Agricultural Development

Researching the Culture in Agri-Culture: Social Research for International Agricultural Development

By: Michael M. Cernea (editor), Amir Kassam (editor)Hardback

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This book analyzes the functions, content, methods, findings, and impacts of social and cultural researchcarried out by the worldwide network of 16 International Agricultural Research Centers of the CGIAR(Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). Its two main parts -"insiders" and "outsiders"-bring together the perspectives of over 50 eminent scholars and social researchers from 30 countries,working within the Centers or within outside academic and development institutions. The authorsexamine critically the priorities, strengths, and weaknesses of research on the socio-structural, behavioural,cultural, and institutional variables of developing agriculture, forestry, livestock, and fisheries. The studiesfocus on farmers' values, needs and knowledge, their patterns of social organization, issues of food security,natural resource management and poverty reduction. Alternative models of multidisciplinary research,reuniting biological, natural, economic and social sciences are scrutinized in the light of experience andresults, with emphasis on the nature of social science research as a source of international public goodsand a key contributor to induced development.

About Author

Amir H. Kassam is with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy and University of Reading, UK.


a: In Memoriam: Tribute to Robert K Merton b: Foreword, Emil Q Javier and Per Pinstrup-Andersen c: Stock Taking and New Challenges in Social Research. Editors' Preface, M M Cernea and A H Kassam d: Acknowledgements PART 1: SOCIAL RESEARCH FOR AGRICULTURALPOLICIES 1: Rites of Entrance and Rights of Citizenship: The Uphill Battle for Social Research in a Technological Environment, M M Cernea 2: Agricultural Institutions and Receptivity to Social Research:The Case of the CGIAR, A H Kassam 3: Who Are the Social Researchers of the CGIAR System?E Rathgeber, University of Ottawa, Canada PART 2: THE INSIDERS' VIEWS: SOCIAL RESEARCH INTHE CGIAR SYSTEM 4: Rice for the Poor: The Call and Opportunity for SocialResearch, T R Paris, DAPO, Philippines, S Morin, F G Palis, andM Hossain 5: Understanding Forests-People Links: The Voice of SocialScientists, C J Pierce Colfer, CIFOR, Indonesia with E Dounias,M Goloubinoff, C Lopez,and W Sunderlin 6: Humanizing Technology Development in the GreenRevolution's Home, M R Bellon, CIMMYT, Mexico, M Morris,J Ekboir, E Meng, H De Groote, and G Sain 7: Water to Thirsty Fields: How Social Research CanContribute, M Samad, International Water ManagementInstitute, Sri Lanka and D J Merrey 8: Rootcrops in Agricultural Societies: What Social Research hasRevealed, G Prain, CGIAR System-wide Initiative on Urban &Peri-urban Agriculture, Lima, Peru,G Thiele,O Ortiz, and D Campilan 9: Why the 'Livestock Revolution' Requires Research on People,D Romney, ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya and B Minjauw 10: Aquatic Resources: Collective Management Patterns and Governance forthe World's Fish Wealth, K Kuperan Viswanathan, World FishCenter, Dhaka, Bangladesh, M Ahmed,P Thompson, P Sultana, M Dey, and M Torell 11: Tropical Agriculture and Social Research: An AnalyticalPerspective, D Holland, Greening Australia, Inc, Australia,J Ashby, M Mejia, and J Voss 12: Dry Areas and the Changing Demands for Social Research,A A Aw-Hassan, International Center for Agricultural Researchin the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Syria and M Abdelali-Martini 13: Agricultural Biodiversity and How Human Culture is ShapingIt, P Eyzaguirre, IPGRI, Italy 14: Studying Property Rights and Collective Action: A System-Wide Program, R Meinzen-Dick, CGIAR, USA 15: Crafting Food Policy with Social Science Knowledge ,R Meinzen-Dick, M Adato, M Cohen, C Farrar, L Haddad,and A Quisumbing PART 3: THE OUTSIDERS' VIEW: ISSUES,EXPECTATIONS, AND AGENDAS 16: Not Just One Best System: The Diversity of Institutions forCoping with the Commons, E Ostrom, Indiana University, USA 17: Social Research and Researchers in the CGIAR: anUnderused Potential, R Chambers, University of Sussex, UK 18: The Rockefeller Foundation and Social Research in Agriculture,G Conway, The Rockefeller Foundation, USA, A Adesina,J Lynam, and J Moock 19: A Donor Perspective on the Accomplishments, Limitations,and Opportunities for Social Research, S Bode,USAID/EGAT/ESP/IRB,USA and D Rubin 20: Seeking Half our Brains: Constraints and Incentives in theSocial Context of Interdisciplinary Research, R E Rhoades,University of Georgia, USA 21: Roots: Reflections of a 'Rocky Doc' on Social Science inCGIAR, S Guggenheim, The World Bank, USA 22: Social Science Knowledge as Public Good for Agriculture,D G Dalrymple, US Agency for International Development,USA e: Contributors f: List of Abbreviations g: Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780851990033
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 480
  • ID: 9780851990033
  • ISBN10: 0851990037

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