Richard Tinsley con Developing Smallholder Agriculture: A Global Perspective (English Edition)
This book presents a synthesis of three decades of work with small-holder producers and their communities. It takes the farming systems work of the 1980s a step further, and pays particular attention to those factors and issues that have proven to constrain agricultural develop-ment in developing economies. As a synthesis of experience from coun-tries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the book is not specific to any country, but most readers should be able to quickly relate the subjects to their country. The book carefully reviews the hypotheses on which most assistance to smallholders has been based. It concentrates less on the agronomy and soil science of the author’s professional background, but more on the various factors that impinge on the farmers’ ability to implement more productive crop husbandry. In so doing, the book promotes looking beyond technology development, and concentrates on the supporting services that smallholders need to enable them to en-hance their crop management. It emphasizes the importance of vil-lage-level, private micro-enterprises as a cost-effective means of assist-ing smallholders. Public sector institutions in providing these support services.
Practical problems are addressed in the overall context of the socio-economic, political and technical environment of the smallholder. In-depth treatment is given to the roles of land-tenure, mechanisation, and irrigation. Sustainability is treated in a realistic way. Forging links be-tween different subjects and disciplines creates a holistic approach. The book uses both a scientific and a practical approach, and a special-ized and a general point of view. Different chapters can be used as a textbook for students, a handbook for extension workers and consult-ants, and a resource book for development practitioners, researchers and policy makers. It is sufficiently technical for the agricultural scien-tist as well as being sufficiently general for decision-makers and spe-cialists in related fields.