A History of Farming Systems Research (Cabi Publishing) by M.P. Collinson

By M.P. Collinson

Farming platforms study (FSR) should be outlined as a diagnostic technique, offering a suite of tools for researchers to appreciate farm families and their decision-making. Its functions use this figuring out to extend potency within the use of human and budgetary assets for agricultural improvement, together with study, extension and coverage formulation.This e-book presents a close heritage of FSR. whereas it contains the applying of FSR to built state agriculture, its major concentration is on FSR in its unique position, with small-scale, resource-poor farmers in much less constructed nations. There are a few forty contributions from approximately 50 members from 20 nations, illustrating either the variety and coherence of FSR. The e-book used to be initiated through the then overseas organization for Farming platforms learn and Extension (now overseas Farming platforms organization) and built with aid from FAO. It offers a wealth of knowledge and insights for all inquisitive about agricultural improvement.

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6. It is interesting that fertilizer use, included in the trials and recommended for farmers, was clearly not acceptable, a finding confirmed from farm records14. 5 University of Florida, Gainesville Ken McDermott, the project manager for the USAID-funded Shaner et al. report, made occasional visits to ICTA in Guatemala. On one of these I was showing him around the country and explaining the differences in farming systems as we drove. He said, ‘Pete, I can see that you understand the differences in these systems that to me look very much alike.

Systems designed for clay soils in high rainfall areas showed increasing levels of ‘management instability’ if their soil and water management requirements were complex8. Our attempts at maximum cropping in farmers’ fields in two nearby barrios was a near disaster because of the inability to manage the crops in a timely way. Component technologies were an essential building block for productive integrated systems. Locally adapted cultivars and the technologies to manage them were essential. A knowledge of specialized techniques for 26 Chapter 2 relay planting and intercropping seemed necessary.

In the early 1970s, economic conditions in the Philippines were such that hand and animal-powered operations were competitive with mechanization for tillage, despite compromising the timeliness of operation. It was obvious, however, that power sources and their cost were critical factors in systems design11. Working Group. That group not only reviewed programme direction, but came to develop many of the methodologies of the Asian network. The group was to meet twice a year, once at IRRI and once hosted by a national programme.

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