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Michigan State University (1987)

ARABLE FARMING DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES IN THE CENTRAL AGRICULTURAL REGION, BOTSWANA : A FARMING SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

BAKER, DOYLE CURTIS

Titre : Arable farming development priorities in the Central Agricultural Region, Botswana : a farming systems analysis

Auteur : Baker, Doyle C. (Doyle Curtis)

Etablissement de soutenance : Michigan State University

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 1987

Résumé
There is an urgent need to identify ways to develop arable farming in Botswana in order to reduce national dependence on food imports, save foreign exchange, create rural employment, raise rural incomes, and reduce household dependence on government subsidies. The goal of this thesis is to provide a comprehensive, systems analysis of arable farming in the Central Region, and the factors affecting arable farming, in order to determine arable farming deve10pment priorities. The analysis is based on village and on-farm surveys and experiments carried out between October 1982 and June 1986. The thesis uses the farming systems approach. The farming systems approach : (a) is holistic not reductionist, (b) generally uses households, farm systems or production subsystems as the unit of analysis, and (c) follows a systems problem evaluation sequence. The systems approach used in the thesis encompasses household circumstances, traditional crop systems management, and local institutions, as well as experimentation to identify improved practices. The analysis of household circumstances describes the resource constraints affecting arable farming development and reveals a more pervasive pattern of inequality than is indicated in previous studies. Recommendations are given on technical research priorities and targeting strategies.

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