About this book
In response to increasing concerns about the degradation of natural resources and the sustainability of agriculture, many research programmes have been established in natural resource management (NRM). This book discusses the unique features and methodological difficulties of NRM impact assessment and examines the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches, including econometric, bioeconomic, and more direct methods.
This book discusses the unique features and methodological difficulties of NRM impact assessment. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of various impact assessment approaches, including econometric, bio-economic, and more direct methods. It also assesses and identifies data requirements for developing impact indicators and recommends suitable methodologies for assessing the impacts of NRM technologies on issues such as soil and water conservation and watershed and biodiversity management.
Part I. Introduction; Assessing the Impacts of Natural Resource Management Interventions in Agriculture: Concepts, Issues and Challenges, H A Freeman, B Shiferaw, and S M Swinton Part II. Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Biophysical Indicators of NRM Impacts; Valuation Methods and Approaches for Assessing Natural Resource Management Impacts, B Shiferaw, H A Freeman, and S Navrud, Agricultural University of Norway, Norway; Measurable Biophysical Indicators for Impact Assessment: Changes in Soil Quality, P Pathak, K L Sahrawat, T J Rego and S P Wani, ICRISAT, India; Measurable Biophysical Indicators for Impact Assessment: Changes in Water Availability and Quality, K L Sahrawat, K V Padmaja, P Pathak and S P Wani, ICRISAT, India; Biophysical indicators of Agro-ecosystem Services and Methods for Monitoring the Impacts of NRM Technologies at Different Scales, S P Wani, P Singh, ICRISAT, India, R S Dwivedi, R R Navalgund, Government of India, India, and A Ramakrishna, ICRISAT, India Part III. Methodological Advances for a Comprehensive Impact Assessment; Econometric Methods for Measuring Natural Resource Management Impacts: Theoretical Issues and Illustrations from Uganda, J Pender, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA; Assessing Economic Impacts of Natural Resource Management Using Economic Surplus, S M Swinton; Bioeconomic Modelling for Natural Resource Management Impact Assessment, S T Holden, Agricultural University of Norway Part IV. NRM Impact Assessment in Practice Valuing Soil Fertility Change: Selected Methods and Case Studies, P Drechsel, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Ghana, M Glordano, IWMI, Sri Lanka, and T Enters, FAO, Thailand; Evaluating the Impacts of Watershed Management Projects: A Practical Econometric Approach, J Kerr and K Chung, Michigan State University, USA; Assessing Economic and Environmental Impacts of NRM Technologies: An Empirical Application Using Economic Surplus Approach, M C S Bantilan and K V Anupama, ICRISAT, India, and P K Joshi, IFPRI, India; Assessing the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Conservation Technologies: A Farm-level Bioeconomic Modelling Approach, B Shiferaw and S T Holden; Assessing the Impacts of Natural Resource Management Policy Interventions with a Village General Equilibrium Model, S T Holden, and H Lofgren, IFPRI, USA Part V. Towards Improved Approaches for NRM Impact Assessment; The Concept of Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) and its Implications for Developing Evaluation Methods, B Douthwaite, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical, Colombia, J M Ekboir, FAO, Italy, S Twomlow, ICRISAT, Zimbabwe, and J D H Keatinge, ICRISAT, India; NRM Impact Assessment in the CGIAR: Meeting the Challenge and Implications for CGIAR Centres, T G Kelley, FAO, Italy, and H M Gregersen, CGIAR, California, USA; Towards Comprehensive Approaches in Assessing NRM Impacts.