Farmer Innovation in Africa
A Source of Inspiration for Agricultural Development
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Farmer Innovation in Africa by Chris Reij
Book DescriptionOne 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781853838163
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Earthscan Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Chris Reij
Sustaining the Soil, Paperback (September 1996)» View all books by Chris Reij
Through a comparative analysis of conservation measures - from the humid zones of West Africa to the arid lands of the Sudan, from rock terraces in Morocco to the grass strips of Swaziland - this book explores farmers' perceptions of conservation needs, and the institutional and policy settings most favorable to effective land husbandry.
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Author Biography - Chris Reij
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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