Presenting the case for a farming systems approach to research in developing countries, this book considers the role of new technology and appropriate development strategies in improving agricultural production and the welfare of farming families in the semi-arid tropical region of West Africa.
1. Introduction: Farming Systems, Agricultural Research and Development Objectives 2. The Farming Systems Approach to Research 3. Agroecology of the Nigerian Savanna 4. Farming Communities and Institutional Arrangements in Northern Nigeria 5. Farming Systems in Three Zaria Villages, Northern Nigeria 6. Diversity and the Context for Change in Farming Systems 7. Improved Technology: Assessing Suitability by using a Farming Systems Approach 8. Promoting Agricultural Development