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Description - Agriculture in Developing Countries by Keijiro Otsuka

Agriculture in Developing Countries: Technology Issues presents an experimental approach of testing new possibilities and combinations to match the changes taking place in the agricultural production environment of developing countries. While emphasizing the importance of combining scientific and indigenous knowledge, this book argues that sustained agricultural development can be achieved only by promoting farmers` participation in technology development. It provides empirical evidence for this, using recent primary data from across Asia. This book is topical considering that the agriculture scenario in many countries has been undergoing a transformation due to various factors such as changes in governments` macroeconomic policies and climatic variations. The book also highlights that in order to minimize the negative impact of farmers` own yield gaps (the difference between farmers` own potential and actual yields) on their income levels, it is important that new approaches to agricultural technological development be employed in the form of more opportunities rather than a single crop production technology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761936626
ISBN-10: 0761936629
Format: Hardback
(215mm x 139mm x mm)
Pages: 172
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 20-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Keijiro Otsuka

Keijiro Otsuka is currently Professor and Director of the FASIDGRIPS Joint Graduate Program jointly organized by the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. He holds an M.A. in Social Sciences from the Tokyo Metropolitan University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. He is the President-elect for 2006-09 of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. His area of research interest includes development economics, industrial development and environmental economics. He has received several prestigious awards for his outstanding research publications. Kaliappa Kalirajan is presently Professor at the Australian National University, Canberra and also Professor at the Foundation for Advanced Studies in International Development, Tokyo. He has taught econometrics, economic theory and economic development to undergraduate and graduate students in a number of universities. He has published widely in academic journals and has several books to his credit.

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