Agricultural Research and the Rural Poor: A Review of Social Science Analysis

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International Development Research Centre, 1991 - Agricultural innovations - 139 pages
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This book reviews recent trends in social science analysis in agricultural research (SSAAR), identifying gaps in research & outlining areas of high potential payoff to future SSAAR. Major themes treated in the evolution of theory on the generation & diffusion of agricultural technology since the 1950's are reviewed. The authors construct a framework for priority setting that includes historical, technological & institutional dimensions & provide examples of its application. The increasing complexity facing SSAAR as it responds to concerns over poverty & the environment is highlighted in the conclusions. Over 1000 references are classified by major themes in an annex. This review is intended for agricultural scientists, research planners & policy-makers. U.S. orders should be directed to UNIPUB, 4611-F Assembly Drive, Lanham, MD 20706-4391, phone toll free 1-800-274-4888 or Agribookstore, Winrock International (only carry agricultural titles), Rosslyn Plaza, 1611 North Kent Street, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22209, Phone: (703) 525-9439, Fax: (703) 525-1744. Canadian orders should be sent to IDRC, P.O. Box 8500, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3H9, Phone: (613) 236-6163, Fax: (613) 238-7230.

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Contents

Factor endowments
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Environmental themes and ecological crisis
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Concluding remarks
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