Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development

Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development

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Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development is a comprehensive source for developing sustainable farming systems. With the inclusion of research theory and examples using the principles of cropping system design, students will gain a unique understanding of the technical, biological, ecological, economic, and sociological aspects of farming systems science for rural livelihoods.

Editors Snapp and Pound provide a much-needed synthetic overview of the emerging area of agroecology applications to transforming farming systems and supporting rural innovation. A companion website for training and teaching features learning modules, student exercises, case studies, illustrative power point presentations, and reference links.

The wide range of subjects, integrated references, and companion website, make this core reading for courses in international agricultural systems and management, sustainable agricultural management, and cropping systems.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 156 x 228 x 28mm | 798.32g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Approx. 100 illustrations (50 in full color); Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0123725178
  • 9780123725172
  • 2,129,919

Table of contents

Section I. Re-inventing Farming Systems Chap 1. Introduction Chap 2. Livelihoods and Innovation Chap 3. Agroecology: Principles and Practice Chap 4. Designing for the Long-term: Sustainable Agriculture Section II. Resources for Agricultural Development Chap 5. Agricultural Change and Low-Input Technology Chap 6. Ecologically-based Nutrient Management Chap 7. Participatory Plant Breeding: Developing Improved and Relevant Crop Varieties with Farmers Chap 8. Livestock, Livelihoods, and Innovation

III. Context for Sustainable Agricultural Development Chap 9. Gender and Agrarian Inequality at the Local Scale Chap 10. The Nature of Agricultural Innovation Chap 11. Outreach to Support Rural Innovation Chap 12. Tying it Together: Global, Regional and Local Integrations
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"A valuable set of principles, strategies and case studies that paint a new and feasible greenprint for development. Agricultural Systems is particularly valuable in its practical approach to development and its focus on the role of farmers, especially women, in the process. Each chapter is supported by several case studies that direct the reader's attention to grassroots strategies that work. The
chapter on animal systems is a welcome addition, since many similar books focus almost entirely on cropping systems. It is well written and well worth adding to your personal library and recommending as a resource for students interested in
developing countries and their agriculture.
- Charles Francis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, USA "A valuable set of principles, strategies and case studies that paint a new and feasible greenprint for development. Agricultural Systems is particularly valuable in its practical approach to development and its focus on the role of farmers, especially women, in the process. Each chapter is supported by several case studies that direct the reader's attention to grassroots strategies that work. The
chapter on animal systems is a welcome addition, since many similar books focus almost entirely on cropping systems. It is well written and well worth adding to your personal library and recommending as a resource for students interested in
developing countries and their agriculture.
- Charles Francis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
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"Valuable in its practical approach to development and its focus on the role of farmers, especially women, in the process.
- Charles Francis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
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About Barry Pound

Sieglinde's research interests center around agroecology, particularly integrated approaches to soil and crop management for sustainable production. Sieglinde is committed to linking on-station research experimentation to participatory approaches, working with interdisciplinary teams in the Great Lakes Region of USA, and beyond. Scholarship, extension and farmer engagement that involves participation of multiple stakeholders is central to her extension approach. Dr. Barry Pound started as an agronomist and has steadily widened his experience through farming-systems approaches to sustainable-livelihood development and agricultural innovation systems. His interests include bridging the interfaces between social and natural sciences, and between research and extension. Currently, Dr. Pound is a visitng fellow in Livelihoods and Rural Innovation, Livelihoods and Institutions Department Natural Resource Institute, University of Greenwich Kent, UK.
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