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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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Aquatic resources: collective management patterns and governance for the world's fish wealth.

This chapter discusses the social research programme developed and carried out at the WorldFish Centre since 1996, which focuses on community approaches to managing aquatic resources. Two examples are presented, one from Bangladesh and the other from the Philippines, which show how users' participation in resource (fishery) management can promote resource sustainability and reduce poverty. However, the processes to realize the benefits of community participation are not simple and involve substantial investment in innovative institution building. The World Fish Center's social research programme is studying these processes to link theory with field evidence to design effective social interventions.

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: 5 (Page no: 100) Understanding forests-people links: the voice of social scientists. Author(s): Colfer, C. J. P. Dounias, E. Goloubinoff, M. Lopéz, C. Sunderlin, W.
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: 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.