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The rate and sequence of adoption of improved cereal technologies: the case of rainfed barley in the Mexican Altiplano
In efforts to understand the process of agricultural develoµtent, economists and other social scientists have invested substantial resources in literally hundreds of studies of the adoption of new agricultural technologies. ...
Maize production and agricultural policies in Central America and Mexico
This paper reviews trends in maize production and consumption in Central America and Mexico in the context of the political and economic changes taking place in the region since the 1970's. The authors focus on the effects ...
Adoption and use of improved maize by small-scale farmers in Southeast Guatemala
This report is based on a study of the adoption and use of improved open-pollinated varieties and hybrids by small-scale farmers in the Department of Jutiapa, Guatemala. The majority of maize producers in Guatemala are ...
Adoption of maize conservation tillage in Azuero, Panama
An aggressive research and validation program launched in 1984 in Azuero, Panama, yielded a recommendation advocating zero tillage for maize production. Ten years later, maize farmers in Azuero use , land preparation ...
The private and public characteristics of maize land races and the area allocation decisions of farmers in a center of crop diversity
This study uses an approach derived from models of the private and public characteristics of goods to illustrate (1) the overriding importance of variety attributes in farmers' decisions to allocate area among varieties ...
A conceptual framework for valuing on-farm genetic resources
This paper proposes a preliminary conceptual framework designed to support strategic decisions about which crop populations-in a well-defined reference area within a crop's center of diversity-are suitable candidates for ...
A regional analysis of maize biological diversity in Southeastern Guanajuato, Mexico
Four environments with contrasting potential for agricultural productivity and infrastructure development were identified in Guanajuato State, Mexico, to test hypotheses about the relationship of maize biological diversity ...
Understanding global trends in the use of wheat diversity and international flows of wheat genetic resources
This paper discusses the centers of origin and diversity for bread wheat; sketches historical patterns in the sources and use of wheat genetic resources in modern plant breeding; identifies and compares indicators of genetic ...
The contribution of genetic resources and diversity to wheat productivity: a case from the Punjab of Pakistan
This study makes use of data on wheat production in the Punjab of Pakistan from 1979 to 1985 to 1) examine patterns of varietal diversity in farmers' fields both at the regional and district levels and 2) identify how and ...
Accelerated wheat production in semi-arid developing regions
This paper focuses on wheat production in the semi-arid regions (SARs) of selected developing countries. It is divided into three main parts. We begin by providing a perspective on what has happened in wheat production in ...