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Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development, 2nd Edition by Barry Pound, Sieglinde Snapp

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Chapter 1

Introduction

George Kanyama-Phiri, Kate Wellard and Sieglinde Snapp

Abstract

Agricultural systems are at the heart of developing country economies and family livelihoods. A rapidly transforming world poses considerable challenges to rural smallholders with limited resources, from globalization and poverty to land acquisition and climate change. Agricultural development is explored within this dynamic context. The evolution of agricultural research is traced, from simplistic commodity-focused improvement, to innovation systems approaches. This chapter provides an overview of principles and practice in agroecology, livelihood systems, and participatory research. We review the role of interdisciplinary and multistakeholder inquiry to support ...

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