Food from Dry Lands

Food from Dry Lands : Integrated Approach to Planning of Agricultural Development

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The book centres around an analysis of the options for the agronomic development of semiarid regions with winter rains (i.e. Mediterranean regions). Data obtained in the northern Negev desert in Israel served as a starting point. On the basis of these data crop and sheep husbandry systems were designed and integrated into agro-pastoral systems in which small-grain crops act as a buffer for feed production. These systems serves as a basis for rational planning of regional agricultural development under alternative development objectives. In analyzing the possibilities a three-step approach was developed: first the feasibility and robustness of selected innovative techniques at the farm level were investigated in relation to variability in weather and prices, then a matrix of production techniques for a region was formulated in terms of their physical imputs and outputs, and finally this matrix was embedded into a dynamic multiple-goal linear programming model.
In comparing results for different goals, the consequencess for goal achievement and desired production techniques can be made explicit, and in this way the book can be a guide for actual development planning in semiarid regions.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 165.1 x 230 x 19.05mm | 574.97g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • Illustr.
  • 0792318773
  • 9780792318774

Table of contents

Structure and dynamics of grazing systems on seasonal pastures; moisture, nutrient availability and plant production in the semi-arid region; sheep husbandry for lamb production in a semi-arid mediterranean environment; description of a pasture system generator (PSG); management of agro-pastoral systems at the farm level; modelling agricultural development strategy.
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