Agronomy for Development: The Politics of Knowledge in Agricultural Research

Agronomy for Development: The Politics of Knowledge in Agricultural Research

by James Sumberg (Editor)


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Over the last decade there has been renewed interest in food security and the state of the global food system. Population growth, climate change and food price spikes have combined to focus new attention on the technologies and institutions that underpin the production and consumption of food that is varied, nutritious and safe.

Knowledge politics within development-oriented agronomy set the stage for some models of agricultural development to be favoured over others, with very real implications for the food security and wellbeing of many millions of people. Agronomy for Development demonstrates how the analysis of knowledge politics can shed valuable new light on current debates about agricultural development and food security. Using bio-physical and social sciences perspectives to address the political economy of the production and use of knowledge in development, this edited collection reflects on the changing politics of knowledge within the field of agronomy and the ways in which these politics feed and reflect the interests of a broad set of actors.

This book is aimed at professionals working in agricultural research as well as students and practitioners of agricultural, rural and international development.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138240315
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Series: Pathways to Sustainability Series
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

James Sumberg is Research Fellow in the Rural Futures research cluster at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and a member of the STEPS Centre, University of Sussex, UK.

Table of Contents

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List of contributors


1.Knowledge politics in development-oriented agronomy
Jens A. Andersson and James Sumberg

2. On the movement of agricultural technologies: Packaging, unpacking and situated reconfiguration
Dominic Glover, Jean-Philippe Venot and Harro Maat

3. South-South Cooperation and Agribusiness Contestations in Irrigated Rice: China and Brazil in Ghana
Kojo Amanor

4. GM Crops ‘for Africa’: Contestation and Knowledge Politics in the Kenyan Biosafety Debate
Stephen Whitfield

5. Systems research in the CGIAR as an arena of struggle: competing discourses on the embedding of research in development
Cees Leeuwis, Marc Schut and Laurens Klerkx

6. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back in Farmer Knowledge Exchange: ‘Scaling-Up’ as Fordist Replication in Drag
William G. Moseley

7. When the Solution Became a Problem: Strategies in the Reform of Agricultural Extension in Uganda
Patience B. Rwamigisa, Paul Kibwika, Frank B. Matsiko, Margaret N. Mangheni and Regina Birner

8. Sweet ‘Success’: Contesting biofortification strategies to address malnutrition in Tanzania
Sheila Rao and Chris Huggins

9. Crops in context: negotiating traditional and formal seed institutions
Ola T. Westengen

10. Laws of the field: the rights and justice of development-oriented agronomy
James A. Fraser

11. A golden age for agronomy?
Ken Giller, Jens Andersson and James Sumberg and John Thompson



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