Chapter 6

Low-Input Technology

An Integrative View

Robert Tripp

Abstract

Low external input agriculture has become an important element of development programs aimed at strengthening crop management capacities for resource-poor farmers. Strategies that seek alternatives to the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides often involve particular philosophical or political stances about the development process, but they also provide valuable insights into the nature of agricultural change. By examining experiences with promoting this kind of technology, we can draw some general lessons about agricultural development. Adoption patterns for low-input technology are, perhaps surprisingly, little different from those for conventional technology. Better-resourced ...

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