The use of social science methods in agricultural research: the case of late transplanting of rice in the Dominican Republic.
AbstractThis article aims to show how social science methods can be combined with agronomic research to yield information directly relevant to the development of agricultural technology for small farmers. First, problems identification and definition are worked out through reconnaissance and case studies. Then, quantitative estimates of the prevalence and impact of those problems can be obtained through the execution of a survey and trials. The combination of qualitative and quantitative methods can result in a substantial change in outlook on a specific problem, as is indicated for the case of rice tranplanting in the Dominican Republic. (Abstract retrieved from CAB Abstracts by CABIâ€™s permission)