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Farmer Innovation In Africa

Author : Chris Reij
ISBN : 9781134205059
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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One of Africa's major untapped resources is the creativity of its farmers. This book 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. The studies are based on fieldwork in a wide variety of farming systems throughout Africa, and have been written primarily by African researchers and extension specialists. Numerous lively examples show how a participatory approach to agricultural research and development that builds on local knowledge and innovation can stimulate the creativity of all involved - not only the farmers. This approach, which recognizes the farmers' capacity to innovate as the crucial component of success, provides a much-needed alternative to the conventional 'transfer of technology' paradigm. This book is a rich source of case studies and analyses of how agricultural research and development policy can be changed. It presents evidence of the resilience and resolution of rural communities in Africa and will be an inspiration for development workers, researchers and policy-makers, as well as for students and teachers of agriculture, environment and sustainable development.

Innovation Africa

Author : P. C. Sanginga
ISBN : 9781844076710
Genre : Business & Economics
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Innovation Africa is a collection of 25 papers presented during the Innovation Africa Symposium (IAS) in Uganda in 2006. The authors recommend an "innovation systems" approach to reducing poverty, which they define, in rather longwinded fashion, as "systematically incorporating functional linkages between stakeholders and organisations within the broader institutional policy environment". While some might argue that this is simply longhand for some form of pragmatism, over the course of 25 chapters various authors define what it means with real-life examples. A paper on Malawi and Uganda looks at ways to encourage rural innovation by helping farmers to identify market opportunities so that they can produce what they can market instead of marketing what they produce. Further chapters look at other ways to promote innovation, such as village information and communication centres in Rwanda and farmer field schools in Kenya.

Gender In Agriculture Sourcebook

Author : World Bank
ISBN : 9780821375884
Genre : Social Science
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The 'Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook' provides an up-to-date understanding of gender issues and a rich compilation of compelling evidence of good practices and lessons learned to guide practitioners in integrating gender dimensions into agricultural projects and programs. It is serves as a tool for: guidance; showcasing key principles in integrating gender into projects; stimulating the imagination of practitioners to apply lessons learned, experiences, and innovations to the design of future support and investment in the agriculture sector. The Sourcebook draws on a wide range of experience from World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and other donor agencies, governments, institutions, and groups active in agricultural development. The Sourcebook looks at: access to and control of assets; access to markets, information and organization; and capacity to manage risk and vulnerability through a gender lens. There are 16 modules covering themes of cross-cutting importance for agriculture with strong gender dimensions (Policy, Public Administration and Governance; Agricultural Innovation and Education; Food Security; Markets; Rural Finance; Rural Infrastructure; Water; Land; Labor; Natural Resource Management; and Disaster and Post-Conflict Management) and specific subsectors in agriculture (Crops, Livestock, Forestry, and Fisheries). A separate module on Monitoring and Evaluation is included, responding to the need to track implementation and development impact. Each module contains three different sub-units: (1) A Module Overview gives a broad introduction to the topic and provides a summary of major development issues in the sector and rationale of looking at gender dimension; (2) Thematic Notes provide a brief and technically sound guide in gender integration in selected themes with lessons learned, guidelines, checklists, organizing principles, key questions, and key performance indicators; and (3) Innovative Activity Profiles describe the design and innovative features of recent and exciting projects and activities that have been implemented or are ongoing.

The Emergence And Spreading Of An Improved Traditional Soil And Water Conservation Practice In Burkina Faso

Author : Daniel Kaboré
Genre : Social Science
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State Of The World 2011

Author : The Worldwatch Institute
ISBN : 9781610916288
Genre : Nature
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A compelling look at the global food crisis, with particular emphasis on global innovations that can help solve a worldwide problem. State of the World 2011 not only introduces us to the latest agro-ecological innovations and their global applicability but also gives broader insights into issues including poverty, international politics, and even gender equity.

Best Practices And Technologies For Small Scale Agricultural Water Management In Ethiopia Proceedings Of A Moard Mowr Usaid Iwmi Symposium And Exhibition Held At Ghion Hotel Addis Ababa Ethiopia 7 9 March 2006

Author : Awulachew, Seleshi Bekele
ISBN : 9789290906575
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Policy / Irrigation practices / Drip irrigation / Irrigation systems / Water harvesting / Irrigation management

State Of The World 2002

Author : The Worldwatch Institute
ISBN : 9781610916370
Genre : Nature
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State of the World 2002 includes chapters on climate change, farming, toxic chemicals, sustainable tourism, population, resource conflicts and global governance

Knowledge In Action

Author : Annemarie van Paassen
ISBN : 9789086867240
Genre : Science
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Wageningen Univerisity and Research Centre is known for its practical and societally relevant research in spatial development. Stakeholders currently put much emphasis on participatory processes in landscape planning procedures. This poses a special challenge for research. What role does research play in our present world characterised by complexity, competing claims and development needs, and an increased concern for climate change and environmental impact? In the book 'Knowledge in Action' we explore different types of transdisciplinary research that scientists engage in. Depending on the societal context and the interests of local citizens, researchers apply different research approaches to optimally incorporate the various points of view in their research and promote processes enhancing dialogue and shared results. In the book authors present their research experiences: their theoretical inspiration, the research methodology applied to consult, share and collaborate with societal actors in order to create options for change. The book includes several striking examples from The Netherlands (both successful and less effective), and also innovative examples from communities in Africa and Asia. The authors reflect on opportunities, problems and dilemma's they had to deal with. They especially address how far the role and theoretical perspectives of collaborative researchers can lead them in action research. Can they limit themselves to joint knowledge production and learning processes or should they engage in strategic positioning, advocacy and entrepreneurship to make it happen? The book discusses the issues that researchers should consider when they position their research activities within ongoing developments at landscape level. Read the book and judge for yourself.

The Journal Of Environment Development

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ISBN : UOM:39015063388428
Genre : Economic development
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Biological Agriculture And Horticulture

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ISBN : UCSC:32106017363331
Genre : Agriculture
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