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dc.contributor.authorSpencer, D.
dc.identifier.citationSpencer, D. (1991). Institutionalizing the farming systems perspective in multi-commodity research institute: the role of systems-based research groups. Experimental Agriculture, 27(1), 1-9.
dc.description.abstractResearch institutes in Africa have had limited success in producing new technologies appropriate to the needs of small farmers because of an inadequate understanding of small farmers' goals and resource limitations and over-reliance on the transfer of technologies from other regions. Farming systems research (FSR) is an effective way of improving the focus of scientists on the problems farmers face. Vertically segmented thematic research programmes make institutionalization of FSR difficult within multi-commodity research centres, particularly the International Agricultural Research Centres. The Farming Systems Research Group has proved effective at overcoming such difficulties at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Its organization, operation and effects on the performance of the research programmes are described.
dc.subjectSmall Farmers
dc.subjectFarming Systems
dc.subjectResearch Programmes
dc.titleInstitutionalizing the farming systems perspective in multicommodity research institute: the role of systemsbased research groups
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.description.versionPeer Review
cg.contributor.affiliationInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture
cg.coverage.regionWest Africa
cg.isijournalISI Journal
cg.authorship.typesCGIAR single centre
cg.iitasubjectPost-Harvesting Technology
cg.iitasubjectSmallholder Farmers
cg.iitasubjectFarming Systems
cg.iitasubjectResearch Method
cg.accessibilitystatusLimited Access

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