Science for Agriculture and Rural Development in Low-income Countries by R. P. Roetter pdf

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Science for Agriculture and Rural Development in Low-income Countries by R. P. Roetter, H. Van Keulen, M. Kuiper, J. Verhagen and H. H. Van Laar pdf

Science for Agriculture and Rural Development in Low-income Countries by R. P. Roetter, H. Van Keulen, M. Kuiper, J. Verhagen and H. H. Van Laar pdf free download. It has become a habit that following completion of a research programme, a review or assessment is performed. Partly to justify the money and efforts that went into the programme and partly to identify novel directions for new programmes. Following this tradition, the sponsor of the International Cooperation research programme (DLO-IC), the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), asked a small group of scientists to draw lessons from its recently completed NorthSouth programme. The task group was asked to focus on the research theme ‘rural development and sustainable agriculture’ (RDSA) to contribute to future thinking about issues related to poverty alleviation, food security improvement and natural resources conservation, a tall order for anyone. By 2005, of the total of 70 North-South collaborative projects, some 35 were related to RDSA.

Science for Agriculture and Rural Development in Low-income Countries by R. P. Roetter, H. Van Keulen, M. Kuiper, J. Verhagen and H. H. Van Laar pdf

In addition to all science groups at Wageningen University and Research centre (Wageningen UR), the projects involved many local and international research institutes. Any attempt at comprehensively capturing the efforts of such a large number of scientists from different disciplines over an 8-year period, and their results, will inevitably have shortcomings. This book forms no exception. However, in addition to being a challenge, too interesting to pass, we think that the successes of and insights emerging from the programme are worthwhile to share with a larger audience.

Science for Agriculture and Rural Development in Low-income Countries by R. P. Roetter, H. Van Keulen, M. Kuiper, J. Verhagen and H. H. Van Laar pdf

Agricultural research in ‘Wageningen’ has been at the forefront of shaping innovation in research, development, and agricultural practice for decades. The research efforts presented here, follow this tradition and reflect the wide spectrum and recent progress made in research on rural development and sustainable agriculture. In this book, we have tried to deal with past, present and future research directed at rural development and sustainable agriculture in low-income countries. First, we sketch the current challenges, next we give an historical overview, and then present the state-of-the-art with respect to the most important issues in RDSA.

Science for Agriculture and Rural Development in Low-income Countries by R. P. Roetter, H. Van Keulen, M. Kuiper, J. Verhagen and H. H. Van Laar pdf

Finally, we capture the most important lessons drawn from the programme, as a stepping stone for an outline of the ways ahead to shape rural development and sustainable agriculture. Agricultural development during the last 50 years was shaped by three forces: people, technology and globalization. Globalization has increasingly shifted the focus from local to global threats and opportunities, with world markets becoming more accessible and thus exerting growing influence. Changing technologies improved the production possibilities and efficiencies, to better tailor deliveries to consumer needs and desires.

Science for Agriculture and Rural Development in Low-income Countries by R. P. Roetter, H. Van Keulen, M. Kuiper, J. Verhagen and H. H. Van Laar pdf

People, the main driving force, are exerting their influence via their numbers, and their preferences as consumers or custodians of the environment in which food and fibre products are produced. Changes in these forces and their implications for research are discussed in Chapter 2. In Chapter 3, the role of agriculture in achieving food security in the light of ongoing population growth, accelerating urbanization and changing diets is discussed. The disparities between the Asian and African continent are highlighted. Research aimed at increasing resource use efficiencies and breaking the yield barrier remains important.

Science for Agriculture and Rural Development in Low-income Countries by R. P. Roetter, H. Van Keulen, M. Kuiper, J. Verhagen and H. H. Van Laar pdf

Science for Agriculture and Rural Development in Low-income Countries by R. P. Roetter, H. Van Keulen, M. Kuiper, J. Verhagen and H. H. Van Laar pdf

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