Putting the farmer first
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CTA. 1989. Putting the farmer first. Spore 23. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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'Farmer First: farmer innovation and agricultural research' 240pp, 1989, price UKL 12.95 hardback ISBN 185339 008 9 UKL 2.25 paperback ISBN 1 85339 007 8 Available from: Intermediate Technology Publications Ltd 103-105 Southampton Row - Lon
It is now recognized that the person who produces food, and who can command food, and where production takes place, are often more important than how much is produced. It is understood too that the relative importance of rainfed agriculture has risen compared with irrigated agriculture, and that resource-poor farm families and resource-poor conditions have been less well served by agricultural research than have those which are resource-rich. Widespread deforestation and environmental degradation have given sustainability a high profile. Population projections suggest that in many countries rural areas will have to support much larger populations with many more people living in fragile environments. The priority has become not iust sustainable agriculture, but sustainable livelihoods based on agriculture - now and in the coming decades. This is the theme of 'Farmer First: farmer innovation and agricultural research'. This book, published by Intermediate TechnologyinJune 1989, postulates that much of the problem lies in the processes of generating and transferring technology, and much of the solution lies with the farmers. By putting the farmer first, analysis, choice, and experimentation are done principally by the farmers themselves, and outsiders act only as catalysts and consultants. 'Farmer First', edited by Robert Chambers, Arnold Pacey and Lori Ann Thrupp, presents a new approach for agricultural research, taking into account these points. Starting from examples of farmers' own innovations, contributions from the agricultural and social sciences, ecology, economics and geography plead the case for a 'farmer first' mode to complement conventional procedures for researchand transfer of technology. 'Farmer Firsf' is written for all those concerned with policy practice and management for agricultural research, extension and development. It is for agricultural economists and engineers, agronomists, ecologists, entomologists, extensionists, foresters, geographers, sociologists, social anthropologists, soil scientists and others. Further, it is for those who work in international and national agricutural research systems, in extension, agricultural universities and faculties, and in NGOs. 'Farmer First: farmer innovation and agricultural research' 240pp, 1989, price UKL 12.95 hardback ISBN 185339 008 9 UKL 2.25 paperback ISBN 1 85339 007 8 Available from: Intermediate Technology Publications Ltd 103-105 Southampton Row - London WC1B 4HH- UK