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Researching the culture in agri-culture: social research for international development.

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This book analyses the functions, content, methods, findings and impact of social and cultural research carried out by the worldwide network of 16 international agricultural research centres of the CGIAR. It brings together the perspectives of 50 eminent scholars and social researchers from 30 countries working within the centres or in outside academic and development institutions. The contributio...


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Understanding forests-people links: the voice of social scientists.

This chapter uses an historical case study approach to convey some sense of the kinds of research social scientists do at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). It describes CIFOR's work in developing criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management, which led to the creation of the programme entitled 'Local People, Devolution, and Adaptive Collaborative Management of Forests'. The experience of two other CIFOR programmes are discussed: 'Underlying Causes of Deforestation' (UCD) and 'Forest Products and People' (FPP, previously 'Nontimber Forest Products'). UCD focuses on policy issues, with a nearly exclusive socioeconomic orientation. FPP's central orientation is on economic and, to a lesser extent, ecological concerns, but it too includes a considerable amount of social science. The chapter ends with a discussion on some organizational aspects of CIFOR.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Rites of entrance and rights of citizenship: the uphill battle for social research in CGIAR. Author(s): Cernea, M. M.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 32) Agricultural institutions and receptivity to social research: the case of the CGIAR. Author(s): Kassam, A. H.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 51) Who are the social researchers of the CGIAR system? Author(s): Rathgeber, E.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 81) Rice for the poor: the call and opportunity for social research. Author(s): Paris, T. R. Morin, S. Palis, F. G. Mahabub Hossain
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 124) Humanizing technology development in the green revolution's home. Author(s): Bellon, M. R. Morris, M. Ekboir, J. Meng, E. Groote, H. de Saín, G.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 140) Water to thirsty fields: how social research can contribute. Author(s): Samad, M. Merrey, D. J.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 166) Rootcrops in agricultural societies: what social research has revealed. Author(s): Prain, G. Thiele, G. Ortiz, O. Campilan, D.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 194) Why the 'livestock revolution' requires research on people. Author(s): Romney, D. Minjauw, B.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 209) Aquatic resources: collective management patterns and governance for the world's fish wealth. Author(s): Viswanathan, K. K. Mahfuzuddin Ahmed Thompson, P. Sultana, P. Dey, M. Torell, M.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 219) Tropical agriculture and social research: an analytical perspective. Author(s): Holland, D. Ashby, J. Mejía, M. Voss, J.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 237) Dry areas and the changing demands for social research. Author(s): Aw-Hassan, A. A. Abdelali-Martini, M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 264) Agricultural biodiversity and how human culture is shaping it. Author(s): Eyzaguirre, P. B.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 285) Studying property rights and collective action: a systemwide programme. Author(s): Meinzen-Dick, R.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 299) Crafting food policy with social science knowledge. Author(s): Meinzen-Dick, R. Adato, M. Cohen, M. Farrar, C. Haddad, L. Quisumbing, A.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 329) Not just one best system: the diversity of institutions for coping with the commons. Author(s): Ostrom, E.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 361) Social research and researchers in CGIAR: an underused potential. Author(s): Chambers, R.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 373) The Rockefeller Foundation and social research in agriculture. Author(s): Conway, G. Adesina, A. Lynam, J. Moock, J.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 382) A donor perspective: accomplishments, limitations and opportunities for social research. Author(s): Bode, S. Rubin, D.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 403) Seeking half our brains: constraints and incentives in the social context of interdisciplinary research. Author(s): Rhoades, R. E.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 421) Roots: reflections of a 'Rocky doc' on social science in the CGIAR. Author(s): Guggenheim, S.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 431) Social science knowledge as a public good. Author(s): Dalrymple, D. G.