Applications of Systems Approaches at the Field Level

Volume 2 Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Systems Approaches for Agricultural Development, held at IRRI, Los Baños, Philippines, 6–8 December 1995

  • M. J. Kropff
  • P. S. Teng
  • P. K. Aggarwal
  • J. Bouma
  • B. A. M. Bouman
  • J. W. Jones
  • H. H. van Laar

Part of the Systems Approaches for Sustainable Agricultural Development book series (SAAD, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. J. Bouma, J. Verhagen, J. Brouwer, J. M. Powell
    Pages 25-36
  3. G. O. Edmeades, M. Bänziger, A. Elings, S. C. Chapman, J.-M. Ribaut
    Pages 63-78
  4. K. J. Boote, J. W. Jones, G. Hoogenboom, G. G. Wilkerson
    Pages 113-133
  5. J. M. S. Scholberg, K. J. Boote, J. W. Jones, B. L. McNeal
    Pages 135-151
  6. S. Mohandass, T. B. Ranganathan
    Pages 169-176
  7. M. Mayus, H. van Keulen, L. Stroosnijder
    Pages 177-187
  8. M. Y. L. Boone, M. Kikusawa, J. M. McKinion
    Pages 189-199
  9. F. Asch, M. Dingkuhn, M. C. S. Wopereis, K. Dörffling, K. Miézan
    Pages 201-217
  10. S. Meira, E. Guevara
    Pages 235-242
  11. R. N. Dash, K. S. Rao, S. K. Nayak
    Pages 259-270

About this book


Systems approaches for agricultural development are needed to determine rational strategies for the role of agriculture in national development. Mathematical models and computer simulation provide objective tools for applying science to determine and evaluate options for resource management at field, farm and regional scales. However, these tools would not be fully utilizable without incorporating social and economic dimensions into their application.
The second international symposium, Systems Approaches for Agricultural Development (SAAD), held in Los Baños, 6-8 December 1995, fostered this link between the biophysical sciences and the social sciences in the selection of keynote papers and oral presentations, a selection of which are included in these books. The contents further reflect how systems approaches have definitely moved beyond the research mode into the application mode. The large number and high quality of interdisciplinary research projects reported from different parts of the globe, to determine land use options that will meet multiple goals and yet sustain natural resource bases, is a key indicator of this `coming of age'. At the farm level, where trade-off decisions between processes and products (commodities) feature strongly, much progress is also evident in the development of systems-based tools for decision making. At the field level optimization of resource use and minimizing environmental effects has become of major concern for which systems approaches are indispensable.
The books, of which Volume I deals with regional and farm studies level and Volume II with field level studies, will be of particular interest to all agricultural scientists and planners, as well as students interested in multidisciplinary and holistic approaches to agricultural development.


development environment growth production sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • M. J. Kropff
    • 1
  • P. S. Teng
    • 2
  • P. K. Aggarwal
    • 3
  • J. Bouma
    • 1
  • B. A. M. Bouman
    • 4
  • J. W. Jones
    • 5
  • H. H. van Laar
    • 1
  1. 1.Wageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.International Rice Research InstituteManilaPhilippines
  3. 3.Indian Agricultural Research InstituteNew DelhiIndia
  4. 4.Research Institute for Agrobiology and Soil Fertility (AB-DLO)WageningenThe Netherlands
  5. 5.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4763-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0754-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0928-9526
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