In this book, the difficult problems of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa are examined by the farming systems approach, which aims to improve food production under adverse conditions through agronomic and social science research conducted on the farm. Particular attention is paid to household decision-making processes that affect the way households
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Introduction -- The Invisible Economy of Smallholder Agriculture in Africa -- Components of Farming Systems Research, FSR Credibility, and Experiences in Botswana -- Farming Systems Research, Productivity, and Equity -- On-Farm Research and Household Economics -- Intra-Household Processes and Farming Systems Research: Perspectives from Anthropology -- Intra-Household Bargaining in Response to the Introduction of New Crops: A Case Study from North Cameroon -- The Effects of Social and Economic Changes on the Role and Status of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa -- Household Management in Botswana: Cattle, Crops, and Wage Labor -- Agricultural Production, Social Status, and Intra-Compound Relationships -- Sheep and Goats, Men and Women: Household Relations and Small Ruminant Production in Southwest Nigeria -- Training Staff for Farming Systems Research in Africa -- Household Analysis as an Aid to Farming Systems Research: Methodological Issues -- Macro-Policy Implications of Research on Rural Households and Farming Systems
Joyce Lewinger Moock is associate director of agricultural sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation and coauthor of Higher Education and Rural Development in Africa: Toward a Balanced Approach for Donor Assistance.