agriculture information management Articles

  • A conceptual framework for managing information flow in innovation systems

    This study introduces a framework for managing information flow in innovation systems. An organisation's capacity to receive information, to share it with others and to learn from it is assumed to be the key factor that shapes the flow patterns and, hence, the performance of the innovation system concerned. The framework is applied to characterise the information structure underlying the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Managing GHG emissions from agriculture: a unique but solvable challenge

    Thousands of companies have developed greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories in recent years as a crucial first step towards measuring and ultimately reducing their emissions. Agricultural emissions are a large part of many of those inventories: farming is currently responsible for between 10 and 12 percent of global GHG ...

  • National Management Measures to Control Nonpoint Source Pollution from Agricultures

    National Management Measures to Control Nonpoint Source Pollution from Agriculture is a technical guidance and reference document for use by State, local, and tribal managers in the implementation of nonpoint source pollution management programs. It contains information on the best available, economically achievable means of reducing pollution of surface and ground water from agriculture (Final ...

  • The use of library and information services by Ghanaian nuclear scientists

    The use of library and information services by nuclear scientists in Ghana was explored with the aim of making suggestions that would help to improve nuclear information service delivery in the country. Among the variables analysed were the background characteristics of respondents, reasons for use and non-use of library services, awareness and frequency of use of existing library and information ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An overview of microfinance and the environmental sustainability of smallholder agriculture

    The interest and growth in microfinance have burgeoned during the last two decades with the involvement of both private and public sector agencies. As a result of the interest in this sector, microfinance services have grown rapidly. However, little attention has been given to the environmental impacts of microcredit, or ways to mitigate those impacts. This is of particular concern in a rural ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Biosafety issues and opportunities for transgenic plants in Indian agriculture

    The application of genetically modified plants in agriculture is anticipated to be a major event in evolving more productive and sustainable agriculture in the coming years. The concerns are the risks and the magnitude of the consequences to the environment. From the early 1990s, countries have imparted deregulated status to certain transgenic plants and products thereof, after ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Inventorying resources: an application to product–oriented agriculture

    Different resources are necessary in the new, product–oriented agricultural environment. This article explores the question of what information is best suited for strategic analysis and strategy formulation for firms involved in product–oriented agriculture. This article will draw upon theoretical literature from general management and interviews with agricultural producers to develop a new ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Mapping organisational linkages in the agricultural innovation system of Azerbaijan

    This study describes the evolving context and organisational linkages in the agricultural innovation system of Azerbaijan and suggests ways to promote effective organisational ties for the development, distribution and use of new or improved information and knowledge related to agriculture. Graph-theoretic principles and concepts are employed to assess the existing organisational linkages vital ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Application of nitrogen and phosphorus criteria for streams in agricultural landscapes

    Efforts to control eutrophication of water resources in agriculturally dominated ecosystems have focused on managing on-farm activities to reduce nutrient loss; however, another management measure for improving water quality is adoption of environmental performance criteria (or ‘outcome-based standards’). Here, we review approaches for setting environmental quality criteria for nutrients, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Agricultural water poverty in Marvdasht County, Southern Iran

    The paper discusses the application of the Agricultural Water Poverty Index (AWPI) as an assessment tool for agricultural water in rural areas of Marvdasht County, Fars Province, Iran. Along with the global concern, water has become an increasing concern during the recent years in Iran. This paper provides an overview of the AWPI and the methodology to measure AWP by addressing the four key ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Agricultural research `key to easing climate-change impacts`

    Agricultural research should be a strategic priority of the UN's efforts to lessen the impacts of climate change, according to a report launched at a UN climate change conference in Doha, Qatar. The report, released by a group of leading international experts in climate change and agriculture last month (30 ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Debate: Why aren’t farmers using agricultural tech?

    Take part in our online debate that will take place on this page on 9 June starting at 1pm British Summer Time (GMT+1). Over two hours, our expert panel will help steer a discussion on why farmers in developing countries are not improving productivity by adopting a greater number of innovative technologies. Delivering food security for everyone on the planet is a monumental challenge. The global ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Agricultural auction markets in Sudan: their role, market mechanisms and performance

    The paper overviews the current marketing system in crop markets in Sudan; introduces the concept of crop auction markets in a Sudanese context and searches for reasons why these transaction systems are not widely adopted in its agricultural markets. The paper examines the probable role and impact of auction market systems on the market mechanisms if they are widely employed. The paper calls for ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • How a new way of thinking about soil sparked a national movement in agriculture

    For three weeks every month, Ray Archuleta captivates audiences with a few handfuls of soil. He begins with two clumps, dropping them into water. The soil from a farm where the soil isn’t tilled holds together, while the tilled soil immediately disperses, indicating poor soil structure. Next, volunteers from the audience — mostly farmers and ranchers — pour water over a soil ...


    By Ensia

  • Role of knowledge in the adoption of new agricultural technologies: an approach and an application

    Empirical studies on agricultural technology adoption generally divide a population into adopters and nonadopters, and analyse the reasons for adoption or nonadoption at a point in time. In reality, technology adoption is not a one-off static decision, rather it involves a dynamic process in which information gathering, learning and experience play pivotal roles, particularly in the early stage ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Rural Area Management

    The topic “rural area management” is inseparably connected with the future development of our environment. The cultivation of fields, pastures or forests has direct effect on food and feed, on bio-energy but also on Earth’s land, water, atmosphere and biological resources. To meet all these challenges, multi-class collaborations supported by an increased use of advanced ICT-technologies and tools ...


    By PROGIS Software GmbH

  • Stock management of animal feed

    MonoScan for Stock Management of Animal Feed MonoScan provides a reliable and accurate continuous level indication of animal feed in Kfar Vitkin, Israel. This is one of the largest feed mills in the country. Kfar Vitkin feed mill supplies feed for poultry, turkeys, ruminants, fish, rabbits, and pigeons. The plant has a modern premix department that produces vitamin ...

  • Interest of site-specific pollution control policies: the case of nitrate pollution from agriculture

    Theoritically, spatially targeted environmental policies are considered optimal, since economic agents tune their efforts according to their environment. But this advantage can be undermined by the high cost of information. We posit that it is possible to reduce the spatial scale and simultaneously to limit costs and retain environmental effectiveness. In this paper we consider the example of the ...


    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

  • Relationship between light and heavy fractions of organic matter for several agricultural soils in China

    Although numerous studies about the nature and turnover of soil organic matter (SOM) in light and heavy fractions (LFOM and HFOM, respectively) have been made, little information is available in relation to the relationship between LFOM and HFOM, and no attempts have been made to quantify a general relationship between LFOM and HFOM for agricultural soils under field condition. Our hypothesis is ...


    By IOS Press

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