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Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development

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.

Students of agricultural science, environmental engineering, rural planning; researchers and scientists in agricultural development agencies; practitioners of agricultural development in government extension programs, development agencies, and NGOs

Hardbound, 400 Pages

Published: February 2008

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-372517-2


  • "A valuable set of principles, strategies and case studies that paint a new and feasible greenprint for development. Agricultural Systems is particularly valuable in its practical approach to development and its focus on the role of farmers, especially women, in the process. Each chapter is supported by several case studies that direct the reader’s attention to grassroots strategies that work. The chapter on animal systems is a welcome addition, since many similar books focus almost entirely on cropping systems. It is well written and well worth adding to your personal library and recommending as a resource for students interested in developing countries and their agriculture. - Charles Francis, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Nebraska, USA


  • 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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