agricultural resource Articles

  • Root vegetables harvest and farm development

    Root vegetables season The autumn start is the time when vegetable producers have a lot of work. A collection of vegetables begins. Tension and nerves are often associated with it. All because the priority for farmers is to collect crops for which they worked hard all year round. It is important to make a good choice and select the machines suitable to your needs and four farm ...


    By Weremczuk Agromachines

  • Induced technical and institutional change in tropical agriculture

    The author employs a model in which the direction of technical change is induced by changes in relative resource endowments to interpret the trajectories of technical change in both developed and developing country agriculture. An international agricultural research system, an institutional innovation supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has become ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Local organisations and institutions. How can geographical proximity be activated by collective projects?

    This paper deals critically with the concept of geographical proximity as a prerequisite for successful regional innovation processes. Using three case studies, we show that regional development studies need to connect geographical proximity with organisational proximity achieved by actions to mobilise resources around a collective project or utilising common institutional routines and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Investing in female scientists to feed Africa

    In this interview, Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development fellowship programme in Kenya, talks about AWARD’s work supporting the careers of female agricultural scientists across Sub-Saharan Africa. She outlines the daunting challenge facing Africa: to rapidly expand agricultural production so that the continent can feed itself. Women ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Nuclear energy for water security

    For peace, and the welfare and well-being of humans, fresh water is essential. Atoms are a source of abundant energy that do not have any greenhouse effect and can be used for different peaceful applications, such as power generation, the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the field of medicine, to improve the productivity of food crops and soil fertility in agriculture and for food ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Research note: Why a social impact study in Tanzania?

    Farmers in Korogwe in northeast Tanzania mostly have very limited smallholdings on which they grow maize, the staple food in this area, and have one or two cows with a few having up to eight cows. The farmers wanted to pool their resources to allow them to raise some revenue by selling their surplus milk. This research note outlines involvement with a scheme to assist the farmers, and confirms ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The TRIPS Agreement: benefits and costs for developing countries

    The likely impact of the TRIPS Agreement on developing countries is considered in comparison with higher and lower levels of intellectual property protection. Human resource development, university technology transfers, venture capital formation, agricultural development, and six other areas are examined under these three levels of protection. Trade facilitation is expected under TRIPS, while ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Biotechnology and international relations: forging new strategic partnerships

    This paper argues that the USA should use its large stocks of scientific and technological knowledge (as well as allied resources) related to biotechnology to help solve food security challenges in developing countries, especially in Africa. Achieving this goal, however, will require the USA and its partners in Africa to focus on the role of science and technology as an instrument of good ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Optimization of industrial structure based on water environmental carrying capacity in Tieling City

    A system dynamics optimization model of the industrial structure of Tieling City based on water environmental carrying capacity has been established. This system is divided into the following subsystems: water resources, economics, population, contaminants, and agriculture and husbandry. Three schemes were designed to simulate the model from 2011 to 2020, and these schemes were compared to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Likely impacts of biofuel expansion on Midwest land and water resources

    US ethanol production should exceed 12 billion gallons by 2010, and EISA 2007 mandates 36 billion gallons by 2022, diverting one-third of corn to ethanol and 13% of soybean production to biodiesel. Increased demand will ricochet through other agricultural sectors and alter production patterns and land use in the Corn Belt. This paper discusses effects of biofuel expansion on land and water ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Irrigation - Water Management, Pollution and Alternative Strategies

    Irrigated agriculture is the most significant user of fresh water in the world and, due to the large area occupied, is one of the major pollution sources for the water resources. This book comprises 12 chapters that cover different issues and problematics of irrigated agriculture: from water use in different irrigated systems to pollution generated by irrigated agriculture. Moreover, the book ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Modernisation in agriculture: what makes a farmer adopt an innovation?

    This paper addresses the question of which factors influence a farmer in deciding to adopt an innovation. We differentiate between innovations that are already widely diffused in the sector, innovations that are early in their process of diffusion, and innovations that are entirely new to the farmer's sector. We use an ordered probit approach to relate adoption behaviour to variables that capture ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Agriculture and economics in the Water Framework Directive: progress and limitations

    Agriculture is having an increasing impact on water resources in Spain, both from a quantitative (consumption) and qualitative (pollution) perspective. Therefore, the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) will have a great impact on this sector. In fact, new river management plans aim to reduce these pressures through the implementation of programmes of measures. These instruments ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Family as an autonomous institution for local agricultural resources governance: discourse on organic agriculture development in the mountains of Nepal

    This paper focuses on the institutional dynamics of family–led organic farms in the mountains of Nepal. It is based on continuous observations and experiences of local farmers who have dedicated themselves to organic agriculture for a significant period of time. It is found that family–led organic farming can contribute significantly to the sustainable use of local agricultural resources. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Drought aspects – fostering resilience through insurance

    Droughts are silent killers, with the potential to cause enormous losses to society as a whole and to the insurance industry. Many loss-bringers are unseen, and the result of secondary events. This makes it difficult to assess the losses involved. Insurance against drought is particularly important in the agricultural sector, but in practice only feasible with governmental involvement. Some ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Sustainable agriculture and sustainability of Indian agriculture in the context of globalisation

    There is a growing realisation of the importance of sustainable agriculture across the globe. This awareness has become the main focus of global debate as a result of degradation of natural resources and environment. There is a growing demand for eco-friendly agricultural commodities in the international market. Here an attempt is made to examine the context and meaning of the term ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • From Stygian Blackness to Community Asset: A History of the Trinity River

    There have been three periods of permanent human occupation of the Upper Trinity River basin. For most of the last 11,000 years only Native Americans have lived here. These first citizens hunted, fished and lived with nature … they made no substantive changes to the land or water resources … and they thought it would always be that way.The colonists began arriving in the mid-1800’s. They soon ...

  • Can drip irrigation technology be socially beneficial? Evidence from Southern India

    Drip irrigation has received considerable attention from policy makers because of its significant contribution towards resource saving, enhanced agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability. This paper explores the potential benefits of drip irrigation adoption by addressing the social benefits and costs in Southern India. The study shows that adoption of drip irrigation technology ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Soil is a non-renewable resource. Its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future

    Soil is a finite resource, meaning its loss and degradation is not recoverable within a human lifespan. As a core component of land resources, agricultural development and ecological sustainability, it is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for many critical ecosystem services. It is therefore a highly valuable natural resource, yet it is often overlooked. The natural area of ...

  • Composting Municipal Solid Waste: the Indian scenario

    Composting of municipal solid waste is an emerging area in India with great prospects as well as constraints. These developments can be examined from the waste management, agricultural and climate change scenario. The technology is simple and affordable, the product is beneficial for soil and significant saving of land (required for land-filling) is achieved. However, public-private partnership ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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