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    This database contains bibliographic descriptions of all Wageningen University PhD theses from 1920 onwards. It is updated on a daily basis by WUR Library.

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Learning from Carchi: agricultural modernisation and the production of decline [PhD thesis]
Sherwood, S.G. \ 2009
agricultural development - farmers - farmers' associations - learning - innovation adoption - innovations - agrarian reform - potatoes - integrated pest management - sustainability - ecuador - latin america - agricultural extension - farmers' knowledge - social learning

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Provided its natural endowments, generally educated rural population, infrastructure and market access to two countries, the Province of Carchi, located in the northernmost highlands of Ecuador, is potentially one of the most productive agriculture regions in the Andes. In the 1960s development experts and the government targeted the region as a model for agricultural modernisation. Following land reform and rapid organisation around industrial era technologies, potato farming in Carchi boomed during the 1970s, evolving to dominate the landscape and become the major source of livelihoods in the province. By the early 1980s, Carchi came to produce nearly half the national potato harvest on less than a quarter of the country’s area dedicated to the crop. In the early1990s, however, production and productivity began to fall off, leading a growing number of rural families in Carchi to fall into debt and abandon potato farming. The research reported here is the outcome of the author’s ten years of research and development practice in Carchi with the International Potato Center, the FAO’s Global IPM Facility, and World Neighbors. It reflects unfolding experience with different phases of hope, discovery, and ambition. Many aspects of the experience have been published elsewhere (see Appendix A). The resulting dissertation is not a case study in the sense of a case that tests a hypothesis. It is a monograph that attempts to produce a single coherent story over seemingly unrelated events, focusing on a second-generation problem: despite a decade of highly rigorous, scientific research on the pathologies of Carchi and multiple public demonstrations of feasible alternatives, little significant change was achieved.

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Rebuilding common property management : a case study of community-based natural resource management in rural Guizhou, China [PhD thesis]
Sun, Q. \ 2007
natural resources - natural resource economics - resource management - resource utilization - public ownership - rural development - community development - community involvement - china - guizhou - national wealth - community participation
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Capsid control for organic cocoa in Ghana : results of participatory learning and action research [PhD thesis]
Ayenor, G.K. \ 2006
cocoa - crop production - pest management - participation - learning - ghana - theobroma cacao - plant pests - miridae - organic farming - action research
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Research on agricultural research : towards a pathway for client-oriented research in West Africa [PhD thesis]
Nederlof, E.S. \ 2006
agricultural research - research - methodology - ghana - benin - west africa - scientific research
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Participatory development of weed management technologies in Benin [PhD thesis]
Vissoh, P.V. \ 2006
weeds - weed control - technology - development - participation - benin - agronomy
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Das social Kapital : institutions and entrepreneurial networks in Russia's exit from socialism [PhD thesis]
O'Brien, D.W. \ 2006
institutions - entrepreneurship - socialism - russia - social capital
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Facilitating community water supply treatment : from transferring filtration technology to multi-stakeholder learning [PhD thesis]
Visscher, J.T. \ 2006
water supply - treatment - community involvement - filtration - biological filtration - technology transfer - participation
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Hybrid forms of conflict management and social learning in the department of Cusco, Peru [PhD thesis]
Laats, H. \ 2005
conflict - management - natural resources - resource management - participation - communities - environmental impact - social impact - peru
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Falta petroleo! : perspectives on the emergence of a more ecological farming and food system in post-crisis Cuba [PhD thesis]
Wright, J. \ 2005
organic farming - farming systems - energy policy - food production - cropping systems - economic development - government policy - agricultural policy - low input agriculture - agrarian reform - cuba - food security
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In hot water : a study on sociotechnnical intervention models and practices of water use in smallholder agriculture, Nyanyadzi catchment, Zimbabwe [PhD thesis]
Bolding, A. \ 2004
water use - water management - small farms - zimbabwe - government - intervention - agricultural policy
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Bridging the gap: computer model enhanced learning about natural resource management in Burkina Faso [PhD thesis]
Paassen, A. van \ 2004
learning - learning theory - land use - linear programming - computers - models - natural resources - management - sahel - burkina faso
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Picturing planning perspectives: understanding implementation of geographical information systems for land use planning and regulation in the Costa Rican state [PhD thesis]
Vos, H. de \ 2003
geographical information systems - social change - sociological analysis - land use planning - planning - regulations - technology - costa rica
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Social-environmental learning for sustainable natural resource management : theory, practice, and facilitation [PhD thesis]
Maarleveld, M. \ 2003
social environment - learning - natural resources - management - sustainability
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Beta-gamma science for sustainable agriculture: taking the implications of complexity seriously [PhD thesis]
Giampietro, M. \ 2003
agriculture - sustainability - science - agroecosystems
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Institutional innovation for sustainable agriculture and rural resources management: changing the rules of the game [PhD thesis]
Santamaría Guerra, J. \ 2003
innovation adoption - research institutes - institutions - organizations - agricultural research - resource management - sustainability - panama
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Understanding farmers : explaining soil and water conservation in Konso, Wolaita and Wello, Ethiopia [PhD thesis]
Beshah, T. \ 2003
soil conservation - water conservation - farmers - farming systems
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Reconciling scientific approaches for organic farming research [PhD thesis]
Baars, T. \ 2002
organic farming - agricultural research - methodology - field experimentation - philosophy - trifolium repens - pasture legumes - poaceae - grasses - plant interaction - animal manures - plant pests - soil biology - plant parasitic nematodes - earthworms - potassium - netherlands - biodynamic farming - science
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Waterbeheer tussen crisis en vernieuwing : een studie naar vernieuwingsprocessen in de sturing van regionaal waterbeheer [PhD thesis]
Slobbe, E. van \ 2002
water management - innovations - water policy - regional policy - decision making - systems approach - netherlands - polder boards
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Interactive design of farm conversion : linking agricultural research and farmer learning for sustainable small scale horticulture production in Colombia [PhD thesis]
Lee, R.A. \ 2002
horticulture - agricultural production - small farms - conversion - sustainability - agricultural research - farmers - extension - farm management - colombia - agricultural extension
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Demystifying facilitation of multi-actor learning processes [PhD thesis]
Groot, A.E. \ 2002
learning - extension - participation - management - actors - innovations - agriculture - decentralization - irrigation - senegal - kenya - world - privatization - agricultural extension - persons
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