Researching the Culture in Agri-Culture: Social Research for International Agricultural Development

Edited by M M Cernea and A H Kassam 
CABI  December 2005  

Hardback  480 pages  ISBN 9780851990033      £100.00

Paperback  480 pages  ISBN 9780851990262      £45.00
This book analyzes the functions, content, methods, findings, and impacts of social and cultural research carried out by the worldwide network of 16 International Agricultural Research Centers of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). Its two main parts -"insiders" and "outsiders"- bring together the perspectives of over 50 eminent scholars and social researchers from 30 countries, working in the Centers or within outside academic and development institutions. The authors examine critically the priorities, strengths, and weaknesses of research on the socio-structural, behavioural, cultural, and institutional variables of developing agriculture, forestry, livestock, and fisheries. The studies focus on farmers' values, needs and knowledge, their patterns of social organization, issues of food security, natural resource management and poverty reduction. Alternative models of multidisciplinary research, reuniting biological, natural, economic and social sciences are scrutinized in the light of experience and results, with emphasis on the nature of social science research as a source of international public goods and a key contributor to induced development.

Readership: Agricultural economics, rural development, sociology and anthropology.


In Memoriam: Tribute to Robert K Merton
Foreword, Emil Q Javier and Per Pinstrup-Andersen
Stock Taking and New Challenges in Social Research. Editors' Preface, M M Cernea and A H Kassam


  • Rites of Entrance and Rights of Citizenship: The Uphill Battle for Social Research in a Technological Environment, M M Cernea
  • Agricultural Institutions and Receptivity to Social Research: The Case of the CGIAR, A H Kassam
  • Who Are the Social Researchers of the CGIAR System? E Rathgeber, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Rice for the Poor: The Call and Opportunity for Social Research, T R Paris, DAPO, Philippines, S Morin, F G Palis, and M Hossain
  • Understanding Forests-People Links: The Voice of Social Scientists, C J Pierce Colfer, CIFOR, Indonesia with E Dounias, M Goloubinoff, C Lopéz,and W Sunderlin
  • Humanizing Technology Development in the Green Revolution's Home, M R Bellon, CIMMYT, Mexico, M Morris, J Ekboir, E Meng, H De Groote, and G Saín
  • Water to Thirsty Fields: How Social Research Can Contribute, M Samad, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka and D J Merrey
  • Rootcrops in Agricultural Societies: What Social Research has Revealed, G Prain, CGIAR System-wide Initiative on Urban & Peri-urban Agriculture, Lima, Peru,G Thiele, O Ortiz, and D Campilan
  • Why the 'Livestock Revolution' Requires Research on People, D Romney, ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya and B Minjauw
  • Aquatic Resources: Collective Management Patterns and Governance for the World's Fish Wealth, K Kuperan Viswanathan, World Fish Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh, M Ahmed, P Thompson, P Sultana, M Dey, and M Torell
  • Tropical Agriculture and Social Research: An Analytical Perspective, D Holland, Greening Australia, Inc, Australia, J Ashby, M Mejía, and J Voss
  • Dry Areas and the Changing Demands for Social Research, A A Aw-Hassan, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Syria and M Abdelali-Martini
  • Agricultural Biodiversity and How Human Culture is Shaping It, P Eyzaguirre, IPGRI, Italy
  • Studying Property Rights and Collective Action: A System- Wide Program, R Meinzen-Dick, CGIAR, USA
  • Crafting Food Policy with Social Science Knowledge , R Meinzen-Dick, M Adato, M Cohen, C Farrar, L Haddad, and A Quisumbing
  • Not Just One Best System: The Diversity of Institutions for Coping with the Commons, E Ostrom, Indiana University, USA
  • Social Research and Researchers in the CGIAR: an Underused Potential, R Chambers, University of Sussex, UK
  • The Rockefeller Foundation and Social Research in Agriculture, G Conway, The Rockefeller Foundation, USA, A Adesina, J Lynam, and J Moock
  • A Donor Perspective on the Accomplishments, Limitations, and Opportunities for Social Research, S Bode, USAID/EGAT/ESP/IRB,USA and D Rubin
  • Seeking Half our Brains: Constraints and Incentives in the Social Context of Interdisciplinary Research, R E Rhoades, University of Georgia, USA
  • Roots: Reflections of a 'Rocky Doc' on Social Science in CGIAR, S Guggenheim, The World Bank, USA
  • Social Science Knowledge as Public Good for Agriculture, D G Dalrymple, US Agency for International Development, USA

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