Systems approaches for agricultural development

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Systems Approaches for Agricultural Development, 2–6 December 1991, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Frits Penning de Vries
  • Paul Teng
  • Klaas Metselaar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Crop Production: genotypic constraints

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. S. Palanisamy, F. W. T. Penning de Vries, S. Mohandass, T. M. Thiyagarajan, A. Abdul Kareem
      Pages 63-75
    3. J. T. Ritchie
      Pages 77-93
  3. Crop Production: weather constraints

  4. Crop Production: soil onstraints

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. J. Bouma, M. C. S. Wopereis, J. H. M. Wösten, A. Stein
      Pages 207-220
    3. Upendra Singh, Philip K. Thornton, Alex R. Saka, J. Barry Dent
      Pages 253-273
  5. Crop Production: biological constraints

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. K. J. Boote, W. D. Batchelor, J. W. Jones, H. Pinnschmidt, G. Bourgeois
      Pages 277-296
    3. Chang Kyu Kim, Choong Hoe Kim
      Pages 309-321
  6. Farming Systems

  7. Education, training and technology transfer

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 539-543

About this book


The symposium In the next decades, agriculture will have to cope with an ever-increasing demand for food and raw basic materials on the one hand, and with the necessity to use resources without further degrading or exhausting the environment on the other hand, and all this within a dynamic framework of social and economic conditions. Intensification, sustainability, optimizing scarce resources, and climate change are among the key issues. Organized thinking about future farming requires forecasting of consequences of alternative ways to farm and to develop agriculture. The complexity of the problems calls for a systematic approach in which many disciplines are integrated. Systems thinking and systems simulation are therefore indispensable tools for such endeavours. About 150 scientists and senior research leaders participated in the symposium 'Systems Approaches for Agricultural Development' (SAAD) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, in December 1991. The symposium had the following objectives: - to review the status of systems research and modeling in agriculture, with special reference to evaluating their efficacy and efficiency in achieving research goals, and to their application in developing countries; - to promote international cooperation in modeling, and increase awareness of systems research and simulation. The symposium consisted of plenary sessions with reviews of major areas in systems approaches in agriculture, plus presentations in two concurrent sessions on technical topics of systems research. Subjects of studies were from tropical and temperate countries.


agriculture climate change development growth nitrogen physiology plant soil wheat

Editors and affiliations

  • Frits Penning de Vries
    • 1
  • Paul Teng
    • 2
  • Klaas Metselaar
    • 1
  1. 1.DLO Centre for Agrobiological ResearchWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.International Rice Research InstituteManilaPhilippines

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-1881-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2842-1
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