Opportunities, use, and transfer of systems research methods in agriculture to developing countries

Proceedings of an international workshop on systems research methods in agriculture in developing countries, 22–24 November 1993, ISNAR, The Hague

  • Peter Goldsworthy
  • Frits Penning De Vries

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Agricultural sustainability and systems approaches

  3. The role of systems approaches as an aid to policy decisions and as practical tools for resource management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. R. Rabbinge, P. A. Leffelaar, H. C. Van Latesteijn
      Pages 67-79
    3. R. L. McCown, P. G. Cox, B. A. Keating, G. L. Hammer, P. S. Carberry, M. E. Probert et al.
      Pages 81-96
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 97-101
  4. NARS needs and priorities for addressing resource issues

  5. Experience at a national level of use of systems analysis methods

  6. Training in the use of systems approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Gajendra Singh, B. K. Pathak, F. W. T. Penning De Vries
      Pages 255-265
    3. Back Matter
      Pages 267-268
  7. The use of systems methods in research at an international level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. J. L. Rueda, C. Leon-Velarde, T. Walker, H. Zandstra
      Pages 289-294
    3. H. C. Harris, T. L. Nordblom, A. Rodriguez, P. Smith
      Pages 295-302
    4. M. J. Kropff, F. W. T. Penning De Vries, P. S. Teng
      Pages 323-339
    5. M. Dingkuhn
      Pages 341-350
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 351-357
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 359-367

About this book


In December 1993, ISNAR, in collaboration with International Consortium for Application of Systems Approaches, organized a three-day workshop on systems approaches and modelling for agricultural development. Sponsored by the Dutch Ministry for Development Cooperation, the workshop was attended by participants from 12 national agricultural research systems (NARS), nine international agricul­ tural research centers (lARCs), and five advanced research organizations (AROs). Although application of systems approaches in agricultural research and resource management is a rather new field, there is already increasing demand for implemen­ tation of these approaches. This will require a critical mass of specialists in the NARS and IARCs. Before this critical mass can be obtained, however, the experience that has been gained in this area needs to be evaluated, further possibilities need to be explored, and new objectives and targets need to be set. This book, which contains the papers presented at the workshop, assesses the state of the art of systems approaches in agricultural research, resource management, and rural planning. It also gives an impression of the evolution of this interdisciplinary field and its use in national and international research centers. Another, less tangible, outcome of the workshop was its contribution toward strengthening the network of NARS, lARCs, and AROs. It gave participants and organizers a chance to develop contacts, and provided an opportunity to make the first proposals for collaborative programs. Special thanks are due to Peter Goldsworthy and Luc Boerboom for their crucial role in making the workshop a success in this regard.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Goldsworthy
    • 1
  • Frits Penning De Vries
    • 2
  1. 1.International Service for National Agricultural ResearchThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.DLO Research Institute for Agrobiology and Soil FertilityWageningenThe Netherlands

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