Economics Tropical Farming Systems (Wye Studies in Agricultural and Rural Development)

Economics Tropical Farming Systems (Wye Studies in Agricultural and Rural Development)

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Martin Upton
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Revised ed., 8/21/2008
EAN 9780521483407, ISBN10: 0521483409

Paperback, 392 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
Language: English

Based on the author's widely used earlier text African Farm Management, this account updates the economic analysis of tropical agriculture and includes examples from all parts of the developing world. Writing in a clear, concise style, Professor Upton explains the essential theories of farm economics without numerous mathematical formulae. This account is completely revised, with increased emphasis on 'farm household economics', in which farms are seen as consumers as well as producers. Containing a new chapter on the economics of irrigated agriculture. This book provides an invaluable economic framework for better understanding the management of farming systems in the tropics, and will be welcomed by students of tropical agriculture worldwide.

Part I. Farm Production Economics
1. Farming systems in economic development
2. The farmer's environment
3. The farmer's production choices
4. Labour and leisure
5. Costs, scale and size
6. Risk avoidance
Part II. Resource Use
7. Capital and credit
8. Natural resources
9. The economics of irrigated farming systems
Part III. Field Investigations
10. Farming systems research
11. Surveys
12. Analysis
13. Production functions
Part IV. Farm Planning
14. Budgeting
15. Investment appraisal
16. Linear programming

'... the author produces an authoritative text interlaced with many relevant and illustrative references ...' Experimental Agriculture