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Farming for the Future: An Introduction to Low-External-Input and Sustainable Agriculture

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By: Coen Reijntjes, Bertus Haverkort and Ann Waters-Bayer

250 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs


Paperback | Dec 1992 | #19788 | ISBN: 0333570111
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This text examines the strategies and techniques of Low-External-Input and Sustainable Agriculture (LEISA) in the tropics and analyzes the scientific principles behind them. The central aim of the book is to show development workers how they can assist small-scale farmers in making the best use of low-cost local resources to solve their agricultural problems. Emphasis is therefore on methods of Participatory Technology Development (PTD) to find site-specific solutions and to raise the overall productivity of farming in a sustainable way. The authors have taken an interdisciplinary approach, providing a broad framework of background theory as well as practical ideas and sources of up-to-date information. Numerous examples from the field are given to illustrate key principles and techniques of LEISA.


Part 1 LEISA - an emerging option: agriculture and instability; sustainability and farmers - making decisions at the farm level; technology development by farmers. Part 2 Principles and possibilities of LEISA: low-external-input farming and agroecology; basic ecological principles of LEISA; development of LEISA systems. Part 3 Linking farmers and scientists in developing LEISA technologies: actors and activities in developing LEISA technologies; PTD in practice - process and methods.

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