Rainfed Farming Systems

Editors: Tow, P., Cooper, I., Partridge, I., Birch, C. (Eds.)

  • Unique systems approach to deal with farming holistically
  • Many new topics covered in one comprehensive book
  • Deals with principles and practice, management and an understanding of actions in the farm system
  • This volume takes account of social relationships in the farm system including technical, biological, political and economic relationships
  • Written by prominent agriculturalists with worldwide experience and is well illustrated with figures and tables 
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About this book

While agriculturists need a good grasp of the many separate aspects of agriculture, it is essential that they also understand the functioning of farming systems as a whole and how they can be best managed. This book takes such a combined approach. It analyses common rainfed farming systems around the world and discusses both their strengths and ways of improving their operation and management for long term productivity, profitability and sustainability. For such desirable outcomes, the components of a system must operate together efficiently, through an understanding of the effects of external influences and inputs and of relevant interactions and other relationships. Using relevant agricultural principles and the understanding of a wide range of rainfed farming systems, this book defines principles and practices important to the effective operation and management of such systems. This is done in the context of many challenges for agriculture: climatic variability and long term climatic change; degradation of most agricultural soils; spread of diseases, pests and weeds, rapid innovations in technology and the interaction of market and political forces at both local and global levels.

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From the reviews:

“The book contains the latest information on the subject area and is produced by experts in the field. … Well-written and indexed, the abstracts and/or conclusions for each … chapters provide a rapid way of assimilating the presented information. … a unique reference book for anyone involved in this form of water-limited agriculture. It is particularly suited to undergraduate and postgraduate students and deserves a place in most university and research institute libraries as well as on farmers’ shelves. In summary, an excellent book.” (Davey Jones, Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 48 (3), 2012)


Table of contents (51 chapters)

  • Principles of a Systems Approach to Agriculture

    Tow, Philip (et al.)

    Pages 3-43

  • Types of Rainfed Farming Systems Around the World

    Harrington, Larry (et al.)

    Pages 45-74

  • A Systems Approach to Climate Risk in Rainfed Farming Systems

    Hayman, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 75-100

  • Water Availability and Use in Rainfed Farming Systems

    O’Leary, Garry J. (et al.)

    Pages 101-132

  • Plant Nutrient Management in Rainfed Farming Systems

    Ryan, John

    Pages 133-147

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eBook $219.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-9132-2
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $279.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-9131-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rainfed Farming Systems
Editors
  • Philip Tow
  • Ian Cooper
  • Ian Partridge
  • Colin Birch
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9132-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9132-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9131-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 1336
Number of Illustrations and Tables
263 b/w illustrations
Topics