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Doing development-oriented agronomy: rethinking methods, concepts and direction

Author: Andersson, J.A.
Author: Giller, K.E.
Year: 2019
ISSN: 0014-4797
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10883/20153
Abstract: This special issue brings together a selection of papers that not merely present agronomic research findings, but critically review orientations, methodologies and research practices in agronomy. The focus is on agronomic research as it conducted as component of rural development efforts in the global South or, in short, development-oriented agronomy. Aiming to contribute to development challenges like food security, human welfare and wellbeing, and environmental sustainability, a focus on development-oriented agronomy implies a step beyond a narrow understanding of agronomy as the science of crop production and soil management. Doing development-oriented agronomy forefronts the juggling with productivity enhancing, environmental and social developmental goals entailed when doing agronomy. What is more, development-oriented agronomy generally takes place within a complex environment of (inter)national research and development policy organisations, development donor-funded projects, governmental, NGO and private sector agencies and global professional networks and (public–private) partnerships. Consequently, development-oriented agronomy is a field where debate and contestations over goals and direction, research methodologies and findings of agronomic research are first likely to emerge and become apparent.
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Type: Article
Place of Publication: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Pages: 157-162
Issue: 2
Volume: 55
DOI: 10.1017/S0014479719000024
Agrovoc: AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH
Agrovoc: AGRONOMY
Agrovoc: AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
Agrovoc: RESEARCH METHODS
Agrovoc: RESEARCH
Agrovoc: FOOD SECURITY
Agrovoc: SOCIAL WELFARE
Agrovoc: SOIL MANAGEMENT
Journal: Experimental Agriculture


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    Sustainable intensification agriculture including topics on cropping systems, agronomy, soil, mechanization, precision agriculture, etc.

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