386 pages, Illus
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.Coverage provides students with an enhanced understanding of how research can be harnessed for sustainable agriculture. This title incorporates social, biological, chemical, and geographical aspects important to agroecology. It addresses social and development issues related to farming systems. The companion Website for training and teaching includes: learning modules, student exercises, case studies, illustrative power point presentations, and reference links.
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
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