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Human Nature and the Design of Agricultural Technology

Three-and-a-half decades old, this ICRISTAT-led study looked at how cross-cultural studies of group size and function could be used to promote the spread of improved land management and irrigation practices. The findings are presented in a summary document from a 4-day symposium held in Hyderabad, India, and seek to blend an anthropological approach with economic and agronomic insights in order to spread specific technologies to farmers in semi-arid regions. Those looking for a challenge can try to find the follow-on research referenced by the author in his conclusions.

Victor S. Doherty. Socioeconomic Constraints to Development of Semi-Arid Tropical Agriculture. (February 1979) pp. 107-119