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Cover for Skills required.

This chapter outlines the competencies necessary for successful farm management. Obvious areas are skills such as accurate observation, and an ability to forecast or anticipate outcomes following specified decisions. These and other competencies are reviewed using farmers' views. The chapter also...

Author(s)
Nuthall, P. L.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781789240733)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Intuition.

Farmers make many decisions using their intuition. This chapter focuses on this topic by outlining a quantifiable model for use in assessing the important factors influencing a farmer's intuitive skills. The results of using farmer survey information to quantify the model are discussed, with...

Author(s)
Nuthall, P. L.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781789240733)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Experiential training of farmers and university diploma students in KwaZulu-Natal and the Southern Cape.

This practitioner reflection reports on 30 years of training agroecological farmers in various African contexts. It argues that good theory should be drawn out of good practice, to help farmers to adapt to climate change while producing nourishing food sustainably. Currently, training is often...

Author(s)
Auerbach, R.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781786399601)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Unstable grain prices - who wins? Who loses?

Shifts in supply and demand for grain lie at the heart of price volatility. The present chapter asks: Does volatility matter? Do people suffer? Is society harmed in some way? If so, how? The chapter starts by defining 'farmers' and 'consumers'. The next section discusses the four circumstances that ...

Author(s)
McClintock, J.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781786394842)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Effects of conservation agriculture on farmers' livelihoods in the face of climate change in Balaka district, Malawi.

Conservation agriculture (CA) has been highly promoted due to its potential to ensure high crop yields even in the face of changes in climatic factors. However, the actual benefits associated with CA are not only focused on food security but are also site specific. This study sought to understand...

Author(s)
Zimba, J. M.; Liwenga, E. T.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781789242966)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Natural resource use conflicts in a changing climate: The case of the wetlands of Kilombero and Kilosa districts in Tanzania.

In Tanzania studies on conflicts between subsistence farmers and agropastoralists/pastoralists as well communities versus conservationists have been frequently reported. These include studies on water use conflicts in the Pangan River Basin. Agropastoralists have also been evicted as a result of...

Author(s)
Liwenga, E. T.; Silangwa, F.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781789242966)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Effectiveness of existing climate smart agricultural practices in Tehuledere district, north-eastern Ethiopia.

This study sought to understand the effectiveness of existing climate smart agricultural (CSA) practices used by smallholder farmers in Tehuledere District, north-eastern Ethiopia, using empirical data collected over 3 months in 2016. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected from...

Author(s)
Wassie, A. S.; Pauline, N. M.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781789242966)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for What can we learn from more recent (and more 'rigorous') economic impact assessments of integrated pest management farmer field schools (IPM-FFS)?

Based on results from the 15 'medium risk of bias' studies (and statistical 'meta-analysis' techniques of results from these studies), Waddington et al. (2014) concluded that Integrated Pest Management Farmer Field Schools (IPM-FFS) are generally effective in improving intermediate economic...

Author(s)
Rejesus, R.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786393678)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Perseverance pays off: finishing the integrated pest management marathon with economics.

This chapter attempts to combine final philosophical thoughts with practical suggestions for future work. First, it provides an overview of integrated pest management (IPM) strategy. It emphasizes the value of integrating design and control tactics to provide a solid foundation for IPM. Second, it...

Author(s)
Crain, P. R.; Onstad, D. W.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786393678)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Farm demand for innovation in disease control.

This chapter analyses the farmer's decision to adopt an improved input for disease control with a decision tree model similar to the one used in the previous chapter. In particular, the chapter examines the case where a novel genetic trait offering broad resistance against oomycetes is developed...

Author(s)
Kalaitzandonakes, N.; Kaufman, J.; Zahringer, K.
ISBN
2019 CAB International (H ISBN 9781780648088)
Type
Book chapter

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