Peasants Farmers and Scientist A Chronicle of Tropical Agricultural Science in the Twentieth Century pdf

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Peasants Farmers and Scientist A Chronicle of Tropical Agricultural Science in the Twentieth Century by H.J.W. Mutsaers pdf

Peasants Farmers and Scientist A Chronicle of Tropical Agricultural Science in the Twentieth Century by H.J.W. Mutsaers pdf free download. This book is a critical account of tropical agricultural science in the twentieth century, with its successes as well as its fads and failures. Its coverage reaches back into the beginning of the twentieth century, but the second half of the century takes place of choice. Which means that the story is closely linked with that of post-colonial development and scrutinises the role agricultural science has played (or failed to play) in the advancement of the tropical smallholder, in particular in Africa.

Peasants Farmers and Scientist A Chronicle of Tropical Agricultural Science in the Twentieth Century by H.J.W. Mutsaers pdf

The book was written from the perspective of a practitioner, with the inevitable result that the treatment is skewed by this practitioner’s own experience. That is an obvious drawback of a personalised account, but not a serious one I think, provided the author manages to make up for that disadvantage by getting across to the reader the thrill of his direct involvement. A wide range of topics are covered, including interesting early science from the beginning of the last century (sugarcane breeding and shifting cultivation in Indonesia, anthropological studies in German West Africa), fascinating indigenous farming practices in Africa, the history of Farming Systems Research and its offshoots, computer modelling of crop growth, and the role of development projects, donors and consultants.

Peasants Farmers and Scientist A Chronicle of Tropical Agricultural Science in the Twentieth Century by H.J.W. Mutsaers pdf

Technical topics (such as soil fertility, plant breeding and crop modelling) are treated in an elementary but non-trivial way, such that intelligent lay persons will be able to understand them and form an opinion about their importance or otherwise. A considerable part of the book deals with such fashionable topics as Farming Systems Research and ‘participatory’ development approaches, which have dominated the field for 30 years, and analyses their sense and nonsense.

Peasants Farmers and Scientist A Chronicle of Tropical Agricultural Science in the Twentieth Century by H.J.W. Mutsaers pdf

The technical subjects are always treated in the context of the real African peasant’s conditions and the few successes and numerous failures of agricultural research and development are thoroughly analysed. The primary target readership are the agricultural science and development community and university students. The latter, particularly those specialising in agriculture in developing countries, will benefit from a critical historical review of their field of study.

Peasants Farmers and Scientist A Chronicle of Tropical Agricultural Science in the Twentieth Century by H.J.W. Mutsaers pdf

Peasants Farmers and Scientist A Chronicle of Tropical Agricultural Science in the Twentieth Century by H.J.W. Mutsaers pdf


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