Opportunities, use, and transfer of systems research methods in agriculture to developing countries

Opportunities, use, and transfer of systems research methods in agriculture to developing countries : Proceedings of an international workshop on systems research methods in agriculture in developing countries, 22-24 November 1993, ISNAR, The Hague

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In December 1993, ISNAR, in collaboration with International Consortium for Application of Systems Approaches, organized a three-day workshop on systems approaches and modelling for agricultural development. Sponsored by the Dutch Ministry for Development Cooperation, the workshop was attended by participants from 12 national agricultural research systems (NARS), nine international agricul- tural research centers (lARCs), and five advanced research organizations (AROs). Although application of systems approaches in agricultural research and resource management is a rather new field, there is already increasing demand for implemen- tation of these approaches. This will require a critical mass of specialists in the NARS and IARCs. Before this critical mass can be obtained, however, the experience that has been gained in this area needs to be evaluated, further possibilities need to be explored, and new objectives and targets need to be set. This book, which contains the papers presented at the workshop, assesses the state of the art of systems approaches in agricultural research, resource management, and rural planning. It also gives an impression of the evolution of this interdisciplinary field and its use in national and international research centers. Another, less tangible, outcome of the workshop was its contribution toward strengthening the network of NARS, lARCs, and AROs. It gave participants and organizers a chance to develop contacts, and provided an opportunity to make the first proposals for collaborative programs. Special thanks are due to Peter Goldsworthy and Luc Boerboom for their crucial role in making the workshop a success in this regard.
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  • Paperback | 366 pages
  • 154.94 x 234.95 x 22.1mm | 698.53g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • XIII, 366 p.
  • 0792332067
  • 9780792332060

Table of contents

Section A. Agricultural Sustainability and Systems Approaches.- Sustainable growth in agricultural production: the links between production, resources, and research.- A case for setting common objectives for natural resource management.- Section B. The Role of Systems Approaches as an Aid to Policy Decisions and as Practical Tools for Resource Management.- Supporting agricultural research policy and priority decisions: an economic-ecologic systems approach.- The role of systems analysis as an instrument in policy making and resource management.- The development of strategies for improved agricultural systems and land-use management.- Section C. Nars Needs and Priorities for Addressing Natural Resources Issues.- Needs and priorities of NARS for the management of natural resources: Bangladesh.- Bhutan's research needs and priorities for the management of natural resources: a small country's perspective.- The institutional and organizational implications of integrating natural resource management and production-oriented research.- Data requirements for agricultural systems research and applications.- Issues of development of an international soils and terrain database.- Section D. Experience at a National Level of use of Systems Analysis Methods.- Multiple-goal planning as a tool to analyze sustainable agricultural production options in Mali.- Needs and priorities for the management of natural resources: a large country's perspective.- The use of systems analysis methods-the experience at a national level (India).- Opportunities for use of systems approaches in agricultural research in developing countries-the Senegal experience in research systems.- The SANREM CRSP: a framework for integration of systems analysis methods in a sustainable agriculture and natural resource management research and development agenda.- Section E. Training in the use of Systems Approaches.- Requirements for systems research in agricultural and environmental sciences.- Section F. The Use of Systems Methods in Research at an International Level.- Systems research methods and approaches at CIAT-current and planned involvement.- Systems approaches for crop improvement and natural resource management research in IMMYT: past and future.- CIP's experiences in the use of systems analysis and simulation.- Experience of the use of systems analysis in ICARDA.- Systems analysis for agroforestry research for development: the experience of and future use by CRAF.- The use of systems analysis at international and program levels: IITA's experience.- Capacity building and human resource development for applying systems analysis in rice research.- Systems research at WARDA.- Discussion on Section F.- Summary of recommendations.- Acronyms.
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