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Title:Induced farm innovation and derived scientific research strategy: the choice of techniques in developing smallholder agriculture in land abundant areas
Author:Vail, David J.
Periodical:Eastern Africa Journal of Rural Development
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:industrial development
small farms
Abstract:This paper begins as caution against the apparent bias toward plant breeding research in East Africa, and ends as a caution against over-emphasis on tractor mechanization. In view of the limited resources allocated to East African agricultural research, it is critically important to establish correct criteria for selecting agro-scientific research projects. This paper develops the argument that applied research strategy should derive primarily from the technological constraints which limit productivity. Research decisions must also be informed by the relative priority of different government objectives for rural development. Research strategy must also take account of farmers preferences, financial assets and managerial abilities, factors which underlie and shape technical constraints. These considerations are needed to determine what problems deserve highest priority in research. But they are secondary to technical constraints for deciding the right kind of work to do on a high priority problem. Ref, notes.