Understanding Options for Agricultural Production

  • Gordon Y. Tsuji
  • Gerrit Hoogenboom
  • Philip K. Thornton

Part of the Systems Approaches for Sustainable Agricultural Development book series (SAAD, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. G. Uehara, G. Y. Tsuji
    Pages 1-7
  3. L. A. Hunt, K. J. Boote
    Pages 9-39
  4. J. T. Ritchie
    Pages 41-54
  5. J. T. Ritchie, U. Singh, D. C. Godwin, W. T. Bowen
    Pages 79-98
  6. K. J. Boote, J. W. Jones, G. Hoogenboom, N. B. Pickering
    Pages 99-128
  7. U. Singh, R. B. Matthews, T. S. Griffin, J. T. Ritchie, L. A. Hunt, R. Goenaga
    Pages 129-156
  8. J. W. Jones, G. Y. Tsuji, G. Hoogenboom, L. A. Hunt, P. K. Thornton, P. W. Wilkens et al.
    Pages 157-177
  9. J. W. White
    Pages 179-188
  10. W. T. Bowen, W. E. Baethgen
    Pages 189-204
  11. P. S. Teng, W. D. Batchelor, H. O. Pinnschmidt, G. G. Wilkerson
    Pages 221-266
  12. F. H. Beinroth, J. W. Jones, E. B. Knapp, P. Papajorgji, J. Luyten
    Pages 293-311
  13. W. T. Bowen, P. K. Thornton, G. Hoogenboom
    Pages 313-327
  14. P. K. Thornton, P. W. Wilkens
    Pages 329-345
  15. G. Edwards-Jones, J. B. Dent, O. Morgan, M. J. McGregor
    Pages 347-365
  16. G. Uehara
    Pages 389-392
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 393-400

About this book


The first premise of this book is that farmers need access to options for improving their situation. In agricultural terms, these options might be manage­ ment alternatives or different crops to grow, that can stabilize or increase household income, that reduce soil degradation and dependence on off-farm inputs, or that exploit local market opportunities. Farmers need a facilitating environment, in which affordable credit is available if needed, in which policies are conducive to judicious management of natural resources, and in which costs and prices of production are stable. Another key ingredient of this facilitating environment is information: an understanding of which options are viable, how these operate at the farm level, and what their impact may be on the things that farmers perceive as being important. The second premise is that systems analysis and simulation have an impor­ tant role to play in fostering this understanding of options, traditional field experimentation being time-consuming and costly. This book summarizes the activities of the International Benchmark Sites Network for Agrotechnology Transfer (IBSNAT) project, an international initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). IBSNAT was an attempt to demonstrate the effectiveness of understanding options through systems analysis and simulation for the ultimate benefit of farm households in the tropics and subtropics. The idea for the book was first suggested at one of the last IBSNAT group meetings held at the University of Hawaii in 1993.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gordon Y. Tsuji
    • 1
  • Gerrit Hoogenboom
    • 2
  • Philip K. Thornton
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Hawaii-ManoaHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological and Agricultural EngineeringThe University of GeorgiaUSA
  3. 3.International Livestock Research InstituteNairobiKenya

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4940-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3624-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0928-9526
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