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Farmer Innovation in Africa: A Source of Inspiration for Agricultural Development

Edited By: Chris Reij and Ann Waters-Bayer

362 pages, Bw photos, figs, tabs, maps


Paperback | Dec 2001 | #123701 | ISBN: 1853838160
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NHBS Price: £27.99 $34/€31 approx

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Presents a series of clear and detailed studies that demonstrate how small-scale farmers, both men and women, experiment and innovate in order to improve their livelihoods, despite the adverse conditions and lack of appropriate external support with which they have to contend.

'A fascinating book.' Bioligical Agriculture and Horticulture '[A] rich source of case studies.' Leisa Magazine This book can be an inspiration for development workers, researchers and policymakers, as well as students and teachers of agriculture, environment and sustainable development.' D+C A must read for development workers, researchers and policy-makers who work in Africa as it offers them examples of the participatory approach to development work.' African Agenda 'This is a specialist book for people who want to look below the surface of mainstream development theory to find a better way forward.' The Food Magazine


Pt I: Farmer Innovation and Remarkable Innovators; Pt II: Building Partnerships for Innovation in Land Husbandry; Pt III: Farmer Innovation: Process, Evidence & Analysis; Pt IV: Evaluation and Extension of Local Innovations; Pt V: Raising Awareness and Mainstreaming; Conclusion; Bibliography, Index

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Chris Reij is a Fellow of the International Cooperation Centre of the Vrje Universiteit Amsterdam and co-editor of Sustaining Soils (Earthscan, 1996). Ann Waters-Bayer is an agricultural sociologist with the development agency ETC Ecoculture Netherlands.

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