Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development / Edition 1

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Overview

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. 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.

* Coverage provides students with an enhanced understanding of how research can be harnessed for sustainable agriculture
* Incorporates social, biological, chemical, and geographical aspects important to agroecology
* Addresses social and development issues related to farming systems
* Companion Website for training and teaching: learning modules, student exercises, case studies, illustrative power point presentations, and reference links

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123725172
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 2/8/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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