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Agriculture in Developing Countries

Agriculture in Developing Countries
Technology Issues

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May 2008 | 164 pages | SAGE India
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.

Technology Issues in Developing Countries` Agriculture

Kaliappa Kalirajan and Keijiro Otsuka
Economic Assessment of an Indigenous Technology in Bangladesh

Md Abdus Samad Azad and Mahabub Hossain
Research Investment on Technology Development in Peninsular India

G S Ananth, P G Chengappa and Aldas Janaiah
Impact of Forage Options for Beef Production on Small Farms in China

N D Macleod, S Wen and M Hu
Optimal Land-use with Carbon Payments and Fertilizer Subsidies in Indonesia

Russell M Wise and Oscar J Cacho
Deterioration of Tank Irrigation Systems and Poverty in India

Kei Kajisa
Agricultural Technology and Children`s Occupational Choice in the Philippines

Keijiro Otsuka, Jonna P Estudillo and Yasuyuki Sawada
A Panel Data Model for the Assessment of Farmer Field Schools in Thailand

Suwanna Praneetvatakul and Hermann Waibel


The journey into the book is very smooth with an excellent compilation of various aspects of technology and its impact on the livelihood of the people. It should be useful to policy makers, students and researchers in visualising the significance of technology as an effective strategy for alleviating poverty and increasing the income of agriculture systems.

Journal of Rural Development

Agriculture in Developing Countries suggests possible solutions to various problems in sustaining productive agriculture…The data and the case studies compiled in this book are a step towards achieving the goals of sustainable agriculture and livelihoods for small farmers in developing countries. 

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ISBN: 9780761936626