Feeding a Hungry Planet: Rice, Research, and Development in Asia and Latin America / Edition 1

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Overview

Rice is the food crop the world depends on most. In Feeding a Hungry Planet, James Lang demonstrates how research has benefited rice growers and increased production. He describes the life cycle of a rice crop and explains how research is conducted and how the results end up growing in a farmer's field. Focusing on Asia and Latin America, Lang explores lowland and upland rice systems, genetics, sustainable agriculture, and efforts to narrow the gap between yields at research stations and those on working farms. Ultimately, says Lang, the ability to feed growing populations and protect fragile ecologies depends as much on the sustainable on-site farm technologies as on high-yielding crop varieties.

Lang views agriculture as a chain of events linking the farmer's field with the scientist's laboratory, and he argues that rice cultivation is shaped by different social systems, cultures, and environments. Describing research conducted by the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia, he shows how national programs tailor research to their own production problems. According to Lang, the interaction of research programs, practical problem solving, and local extension efforts suggests a new model for international development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807845936
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James Lang, associate professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Vanderbilt University, is author of Inside Development in Latin America: A Report from the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Brazil.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Asia 1
Rice Facts 2
Keeping Ahead 8
Genetic Improvement 17
Production Technology 29
On-Farm Research 46
Training 51
Lessons 53
2 Brazil 55
Contrasts 56
Developments 56
Rice in Brazil 59
Santa Catarina 60
Rio Grande do Sul 64
A Walk 76
The Cerrado 77
Solutions 87
3 Chile 89
Working with Farmers 90
Rationale 98
4 Colombia 100
Rice in Colombia 100
Tropical Pastures 113
Caqueta 119
Detours 128
5 Conclusions 130
One Size Fits All 130
Models 135
Back to the Future 141
Developments 149
Notes 153
Index 177
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