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Self-Sufficient Agriculture: Labour and Knowledge in Small-Scale Farming

By: Robert Tripp

242 pages, Figures, tables


Paperback | Dec 2006 | #155602 | ISBN: 1844072975
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Hardback | Dec 2005 | #155601 | ISBN: 1844072967
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About this book

Low external input technology (or LEIT) is an increasingly prominent subject in discussions of sustainable agriculture. There is a growing need for self-sufficient agriculture in an era experiencing dramatically diminishing returns from the high-input form of agriculture that resulted from the so-called green revolution, with its strong reliance upon expensive, synthetic pesticides and fertilisers. There are many reasons to support strategies for low external input farming, including a concern for environmental sustainability, increased attention to resource-poor farmers and marginal environments, and the conviction that a better use of local resources in small-scale agriculture can improve farm productivity and innovation.

This book examines the contributions and limitations of low external input technology (LEIT) for addressing the needs of resource-poor farmers. For the first time a balanced analysis of LEIT is provided, making sense of the debates, giving an extensive review of the literature and offering practical suggestions about the management and integration of low external input agriculture in rural development programmes.

'A subject of considerable contemporary importance... a genuine contribution to knowledge' - Jules Pretty, author of Agri-Culture


LEIT and Agricultural Development; Examples of LEIT and Farmer-Focused Development Strategies; Labour, Information, and Agricultural Technology; Evidence from the Literature; Revisiting Experiences of LEIT Adoption by Hillside Farmers in Central Honduras; The Catchment Approach to Soil and Water Conservation in Nyanza Province, Western Kenya; The Outcome of Farmer Field Schools in Southern Sri Lanka; The Trajectory of Low External Input Agriculture; Bibliography, Index.

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Robert Tripp is a research fellow in the Rural Policy and Governance Group at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London.

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