agriculture data Articles

  • The role of human development on deforestation in Africa: a modelling–based approach

    The rate of deforestation in Africa is of paramount concern not only to the future of Africa, but also to the world. This study uses country–level data to model changes in forest area over an 18 year period (1990–2007) in 35 African countries and investigates the role played by important development indicators of human development. The results reveal that the net loss of forests was 0.19% every ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The effects of environment and technology on agricultural export

    The impact of environmental policy on international trade has received a great deal of attention over the decades. Theory predicts that the relative level of a country's environmental policy, technology, and factor endowments will jointly determine international trade and specialisation. This study develops alternative empirical models of export shares to evaluate the effects of technology and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The contribution of agricultural input industries to agricultural innovation

    This paper presents an analytical framework to measure how farmers (i.e., primary agriculture) in countries at different stages of economic development absorb new technology by buying inputs from other industries. By combining information on the use of purchased inputs in primary agriculture (based on country-specific input±output matrices) with information on R&D intensities in the various ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Graphic tools for data representation in integrated analysis of farming systems

    This paper provides an overview of graphic tools that are currently used for representing integrated analysis of farming systems and environmental systems. The overview includes also an appraisal of the various methods in terms of pros and cons. Some key issues concerning how to implement a sound integrated graphical representation are also discussed. We believe that the usefulness of sound ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Trend analysis in climatic variables and impacts on rice yield in Nigeria

    The effects of changes in meteorological parameters on rice yield variations were considered. Weather parameters, temperature (T), rainfall (R), relative humidity (RH) and solar radiation (SR), and rice yield variation for Ibadan were analyzed. Meteorological parameters were obtained from the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture while rice yield data were obtained from the Africa ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Complexity of agricultural commodity cycle: a chaotic time series analysis

    Most empirical investigations of agricultural markets have been conducted using linear models. Therefore, nonlinear dynamic patterns of the market cannot be predicted based on these models under any circumstances. Consequently, little is known about the role of nonlinear dynamics and the whether we can predict the market both for short- and long-term in agriculture. We utilise the real world data ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Competitiveness and environmental policies for agriculture: testing the Porter hypothesis

    Porter hypothesis suggests tougher environmental regulations could spur technological growth, leading to an increase in productivity of market outputs, simultaneously providing greater environmental protection. This study tests the Porter hypothesis in US agriculture using state level data from 1973 through 1996. Luenberger productivity indexes, which are dual to the profit function and do not ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The poverty trap: a case study of Thai farmers

    This article theoretically proves that a poverty trap problem is a result of endogenous fertility behaviour. The theoretical results were supported by empirical evidence from Thai farmer census data and a socioeconomic survey. Thai farmers tend to have a larger family size and smaller household incomes than nonfarmer households. Thai farmers are not covered by the social security programme and, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Human excreta: a resource or a taboo? Assessing the socio-cultural barriers, acceptability, and reuse of human excreta as a resource in Kakul Village District Abbottabad, Northwestern Pakistan

    Sustainable reuse of human excreta in socially and religiously conservative societies is extremely difficult. People's perceptions and acceptability regarding the reuse of human excreta is mainly linked to their culture. In addition, certain societies regard the cultural and social barriers more than the religious barriers. The aim of this study is to understand the perceptions of people ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Investigation of the relative efficiency of LEADER+ in rural areas of Northern Greece

    The aim of this paper is to investigate and measure the relative efficiency of LEADER+ action plans of seven rural areas in Northern Greece. To this end, a Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) model is used, which is based on data from LEADER+ provided by the Ministry of Agriculture. In particular, the DEA method is used for measuring the relative efficiency of local actions and for the investigation ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Role of multicriteria decision-aid (MCDA) to promote sustainable agriculture: heterogeneous data and different kinds of actors in a decision process

    Regulation of pesticides in agricultural sector is becoming increasingly oriented to the use of best management practices in order to counter the effect of agricultural practices on health and groundwater. Several distinct criteria (economic, technical, environmental, social and informational criteria) need to be considered in the decision-making process. Moreover, the preferences of actors can ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Improved data representation software

    Blue Unit has created a new software as we felt that our data was not properly utilized with older software tools. The new software includes 5 different pages, two of these provides the customer with a basic overview of the water quality in the farm while the last 3 goes more in depth with the data generated by the Blue Unit Lab Station. With this tool you will be able to quickly assess where in ...


    By Blue Unit A/S

  • Relaxed and confident in any farming season

    Collated by Brendon Walsh from GrowFarm for Agrimap A lack of physical and mental stress in tough seasons has been a revelation for GrowFARM® client Nick Miller of Mandeville, Southland. “The 2014–15 year provided some challenges climate-wise,” says Nick, “and the following two years varied quite a lot again, but I now have more pasture cover to feed stock even ...


    By Agrimap LLC

  • Determinants of farm-level adaptation diversity to cyclone and flood: insights from a farm household-level survey in Eastern India

    A large number of farmers' livelihoods are susceptible to cyclones and floods, and farmers are taking up several adaptation mechanisms. Previous studies, therefore, have examined determinants of various adaptation options and provide policy suggestions to promote a specific one. However, options are undertaken at different points depending on the nature and intensity of extreme events. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Analysis of price volatility of mineral fertilisers: possible issues for European farmers

    European farmers are currently affected by an increase in the price of fertilisers (from an index of 100 in 2005 to 150 in 2012 after it peaked at almost 200 at the end of 2008) that calls into question the future availability of these kinds of inputs. Since 2007, the strong demand from emerging countries, geopolitical tensions over natural resources, and the rise in the price of energy have been ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • Taking the Guesswork Out of Precision Scouting Drones

    The Rise of Precision Scouting Drones A few weeks ago, I attended a summit at Louisiana State University regarding precision scouting drones and their application in agriculture. It was a wonderfully informational gathering of agronomists, producers, and a few lucky industry types like myself. Professors and agronomic experts from the LSU Extension Service presented their views, experiences, ...


    By Sentera, Inc.

  • Efficiency and innovation offsets in non-point source pollution control and the role of education

    This paper discusses and empirically analyses the implications of efficiency and innovation offsets for the management of non-point source pollution from agriculture. If efficiency improvements and green innovation indeed combine environmental advantages with economic advantages, these offsets would offer a free lunch adjustment to environmental regulations. A theoretical model of the farm is ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Agricultural Knives: Thermal Spray Case Study III

    Since implementing our Thermal Spray Hard-face process, Kondex has been involved in numerous field test projects with its customers. The purpose of these tests is two-fold: •Set benchmarks for comparing Kondex technology to existing material/coating technology •Evaluate new material/coating technologies as a means of improving wear resistance and or improving the cost of agricultural ...


    By Kondex Corporation

  • Maps are for Everyone!

    Breaking down the barrier - say goodbye to expensive farm maps. Roughly 60 percent of the world is without Internet today, and even where online access is available, it can still be spotty. That means that quick and easy access to information is still not possible for a majority of the global population. This is a huge problem, especially for rural areas who need access to reliable data and ...


    By Agrimap LLC

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