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Farming Systems Research into the 21st Century.

Author: Ika Darnhofer; David Gibbon; Benoit Dedieu
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2012.
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Farming Systems Research has three core characteristics: it builds on systems thinking, it depends on the close collaboration between social and biophysical sciences, and it relies on participation to build co-learning processes. Farming Systems Research posits that to contribute towards sustainable rural development, both interdisciplinary collaborations and local actor engagement are needed. Together, they allow  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Darnhofer, Ika.
Farming Systems Research into the 21st Century: The New Dynamic.
Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ika Darnhofer; David Gibbon; Benoit Dedieu
ISBN: 9401783578 9789401783576 9400745028 9789400745025 9789400745032 9400745036
OCLC Number: 990605942
Language Note: English.
Notes: Change from technology transfer to multiple source innovation models and decision making in landscapes.
Description: 1 online resource (487 pages)
Contents: Farming Systems Researchinto the 21st Century:The New Dynamic; Preface; Structure of the book; An invitation to join the community; Thank You!; References; Contents; Part I: Farming Systems Research in Europe; Chapter 1: Farming Systems Research: an approach to inquiry; Farming Systems Research in Europe; A very brief history; Key characteristics of Farming Systems Research; The challenge of systems thinking; What is a system?; Of 'hard' and 'soft' systems; Ontological vs. epistemological status of 'systems'; Understanding the dynamics of farming systems; The challenge of interdisciplinarity. Distinguishing between multidisciplinary and interdisciplinaryIntegrating technological and natural sciences; Integrating natural and social sciences; Bridges and integrative concepts; The challenge of participation; Mainstreaming Farming Systems Research?; Outlook: a call for re fl exivity; References; Chapter 2: The origins of the European IFSA: the fi rst meetings and the agenda renewal; Origins of the European farming systems association; The Edinburgh and the Montpellier meetings; Francophone and anglophone approaches to FSR; The evolution of the European view of farming systems. Overview of the European symposiaMajor changes; New topics; Conclusion; References; Chapter 3: Early Farming Systems Research and Extension experience in Africa and possible relevance for FSR in Europe*, **; Introduction and overview; Historical overview --
policy context; The policy context in east, central and southern Africa; International support for Farming Systems Research; The design and implementation of FSR; Design; Implementation; Relationships among researchers; Research-extension relationships; Management issues; Summary of issues; Concluding observations. Potential and actual lessons for FSR/E in EuropeNational agricultural research systems; Higher education training in Farming Systems Research in Europe; References; Chapter 4: Textual analysis and scientometric mapping of the dynamic knowledge in and around the IFSA community; Introduction; Textual analysis of scienti fi c corpuses; Building the databases; Technical constitution of the IFSA database; Mapping of the scienti fi c context of IFSA; A description of the IFSA community; Mapping the scienti fi c domain using co-word analysis; Visualising co-word networks through maps. Authors, journals and keywordsShifts in keywords 1996-2007; Conclusion; References; Chapter 5: Methodological themes in Farming Systems Research and implications for learning in higher education; Introduction; Box 5.1 : From disciplinarity to trans-disciplinarity; Box 5.2 : Discipline-based vs. inter-disciplinary education; The early history of Farming Systems Research; Some other recurring methodological themes; Participation and the principles of participatory methodologies; Indigenous knowledge and farmer participation in the research processes; Scales of analysis and intervention.

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