Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain

AUSPIG — A modelling package for maximising the profitability of intensive pig production , pp . 93-6 in : Computer Assisted Management of Agricultural Production Systems , ed . D. H. White and K. M. Weber . Victoria , Australia : Dept.

Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain

Biological and physiological systems: animal sciences. Plant-animal interactions in northern temperate sown grasslands and semi-natural vegetation. Exploitation of the systems approach in technical design of agricultural enterprises. Application of systems theory to farm planning and control: modelling resource allocation. Optimising the mixture of enterprises in a farming system. Farming systems research-extension. Food policy and food security planning: institutional approaches to modelling grain markets and food security in Sub-Saharn Africa. A systems view of commercial supply and marketing links. Agroecosystems. Understanding and managing changes in agriculture. Agricultural sector modelling for policy development. Of agricultural systems and systems agriculture: systems methodologies in agricultural education. Extension education: Top(s) Down, Bottom(s) Up and Other Things.

Systems approaches for agricultural development

References Baldwin R L., Hanigan M D (1990) Biological and physiological systems: animal sciences. Pages 1– 21 in Jones J G W, Street P R (Eds.) Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain, Elsevier Applied Science, London, ...

Systems approaches for agricultural development

Agriculture is changing rapidly all over the world. Intensification, diversification, optimizing scarce resources, integrated pest management, sustainability and climate change are key issues for agricultural institutes. The best solutions will be found by integrating disciplines. Organized thinking about future farming requires forecasting of the implications of alternative ways to farm and to develop agriculture. Systems thinking and systems simulation are indispensable tools for such integration and extrapolation. About 150 scientists and senior research leaders from all over the world participated in the symposium `Systems Approaches for Agricultural Development' to discuss these issues. The symposium reviewed the status of systems research and modeling in agriculture, with special reference to evaluating their efficacy and efficiency for achieving research goals, and to their application in developing countries, promoted international cooperation in modeling, and increased awareness of systems research and simulation. This book comprises the papers on the technical subjects. Well informed authors describe and illustrate how systems research was used to improve agricultural production systems of all continents and in diverse environments.

Agricultural Systems Modeling and Simulation

London : Commonwealth Agriculture Bureau . Baldwin , R. L. , and M. D. Hanigan . 1990. Biological and physiological systems : Animal sciences . In : Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain . J. G. W. Jones and P. R. ...

Agricultural Systems Modeling and Simulation

Offers a treatment of modern applications of modelling and simulation in crop, livestock, forage/livestock systems, and field operations. The book discusses methodologies from linear programming and neutral networks, to expert or decision support systems, as well as featuring models, such as SOYGRO, CROPGRO and GOSSYM/COMAX. It includes coverage on evaporation and evapotranspiration, the theory of simulation based on biological processes, and deficit irrigation scheduling.

Resource Allocation Theory Applied to Farm Animal Production

In: Jones, J.G.W. and Street, P.R. (eds) Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain. Elsevier, London, pp. 1–21. Ball, A.J., Thompson, J.M., Alston, C.L., Blakely, A.R. and Hinch, G.N. (1998a) Changes in maintenance energy ...

Resource Allocation Theory Applied to Farm Animal Production

This book is about resource allocation matters with the aim to further development thoughts and models on resource allocation applied to livestock production. It contains 18 chapters divided into 4 parts which discuss resources and resource allocation patterns, trade-offs, metabolic constraints to resource allocation and the process of homeorhesis with a special emphasis to homeorhesis during heat stress; the relationship between food intake and resources allocated to body maintenance, growth, reproduction and the immune response; the consequences of high production efficiency in pigs, poultry and dairy cattle and the consequences of improved production by means of biological engineering and options to include resource allocation matters in the breeding objective, animal welfare and in resource allocation modelling.

Whole Grains and Health

The Australian food and nutrition system: A basis for policy formation and analysis. Australian Journal ofPublic Health 15:258–270. Jones, J.G.W. and Street, P.R. (eds). 1990. Systems theory applied to agriculture and the food chain.

Whole Grains and Health

Whole Grains and Health presents a science-based discussion of whole grains and their expanding role in health and disease. An international collection of authors presents current perspectives on grains, the many opportunities for further research into whole grains and the remarkable growth potential for product development. Coverage includes discussions on the health benefits of a diet rich in whole grains, the functional components of whole grains and the regulatory nuances of labeling grain products. A unique feature is a section devoted to communicating with consumers. Barriers exist which affect consumer acceptance and use of whole-grain foods. Whole Grains and Health addresses those concerns and offers strategies for furthering research, product development and educational outreach.

Intensive Agriculture and Sustainability

Application of systems theory to farm planning and control : Modelling resource allocation . In Systems theory applied to agriculture and the food chain , ed . J.G.W. Jones and P.R. Street , 89-112 . London : Elsevier .

Intensive Agriculture and Sustainability

As globalization restructures agriculture and rural communities, the impacts of increasingly industrialized farming make interdisciplinary analyses of the linkages among the social, environmental, and economic aspects of farming ever more vital. This collection analyzes the reasons for the public’s scrutiny of intensive agriculture and the prospects for sustainable farming now that concerns are mounting about food quality, manure runoff, greenhouse gases, extra-label use of antibiotics, pesticide use, and rural conflict. Intensive Agriculture and Sustainability outlines the advantages of Farming Systems Analysis for understanding the implications of modern, intensive agriculture. This book describes some of the major environmental and social problems connected with intensive farming; outlines a framework for analyzing its sustainability; discusses key linkages among the environmental, economic, and social indicators; outlines modelling trade-offs between profitability and environmental sustainability; and then analyzes various farming systems using case studies. The authors conclude that rural conflict and government regulation are likely to continue unless the public joins with farmers to help fund stewardship practices and stabilize farm incomes. This book will appeal to field practitioners, agricultural and environmental policy analysts, geographers, and those scholars and students who are tired of the pervasive production-oriented disciplinary focus that typifies most agricultural research.

Agricultural Biotechnology

Application of systems theory to farm planning and control: Modelling resource allocation. In: Jones, J.G.W. and Street, P.R. (Eds.), Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain. Elsevier Applied Science, London, pp.

Agricultural Biotechnology

This book presents strategies and techniques highlighting the sustainability and application of microbial and agricultural biotechnologies to ensure food production and security. This book includes different aspects of applications of Artificial Intelligence in agricultural systems, genetic engineering, human health and climate change, recombinant DNA technology, metabolic engineering and so forth. Post-harvest extension of food commodities, environmental detoxification, proteomics, metabolomics, genomics, bioinformatics and metagenomic analysis are discussed as well. Features: Reviews technological advances in microbial biotechnology for sustainable agriculture using Artificial Intelligence and molecular biology approach. Provides information on the fusion between microbial biotechnology and agriculture. Specifies the influence of climate changes on livestock, agriculture and environment. Discusses sustainable agriculture for food security and poverty alleviation. Explores current biotechnology advances in food and agriculture sectors for sustainable crop production. This book is aimed at researchers and graduate students in agriculture, food engineering, metabolic engineering and bioengineering.

Cropping Systems

Energy and food relationships in developing countries : A perspective from the social sciences . ... Systems thinking and practice in agriculture . ... In Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain , ed .

Cropping Systems

Learn the fundamentals as well as in-depth details of agricultural cropping systems from around the globe! Cropping Systems: Trends and Advances is a comprehensive review of past and present research efforts in North America and other parts of the world. It brings together biological, economic, sociological, and technical aspects of cropping systems in a single source to provide a reference unlike any other on the subject that is available today. This valuable book also points to future directions that cropping systems research needs to take in order to increase sustainable agriculture and feed the growing world population. Charts, tables, and illustrations make the information easy to access and understand. An ideal textbook for graduate and undergraduate courses in agronomy as well as a comprehensive reference for professionals involved in cropping systems research, Cropping Systems: Trends and Advances is a book you’ll refer to again and again. Topics covered in this well-referenced and thoughtfully indexed book include: emerging trends in cropping systems research designing resource-efficient cropping systems soil quality and fertility tillage root dynamics water quality concerns nitrogen use efficiency precision agriculture agricultural biotechnology weed biology and management integrated pest management the important role that cover crops can play key indicators for assessing nitrogen use efficiency in cereal-based agroecosystems the implications of elevated carbon dioxide-induced changes in agroecosystem productivity and a great deal more!

Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture

Jones, J.G.W. and Street, P.R. (Eds) (1990) Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain, Elsevier Applied Science, London, 365 pp. Keating, B.A., Carberry, P.S., Bindraban, P.S., Asseng, S., Meinke, H. and Dixon, ...

Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture

Sustainable intensification has recently been developed and adopted as a key concept and driver for research and policy in sustainable agriculture. It includes ecological, economic and social dimensions, where food and nutrition security, gender and equity are crucial components. This book describes different aspects of systems research in agriculture in its broadest sense, where the focus is moved from farming systems to livelihoods systems and institutional innovation. Much of the work represents outputs of the three CGIAR Research Programs on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics, Aquatic Agricultural Systems and Dryland Systems. The chapters are based around four themes: the conceptual underpinnings of systems research; sustainable intensification in practice; integrating nutrition, gender and equity in research for improved livelihoods; and systems and institutional innovation. While most of the case studies are from countries and agro-ecological zones in Africa, there are also some from Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Agroforestry in Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Jones , J. G. W. and Street , P. R. , 1990 , Systems Theory applied to agriculture and the food chain , Elsevier Science Publishers , London , 365 . Joshi , L. , 1998 , Incorporating farmers knowledge in the planning of ...

Agroforestry in Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Agroforestry in Sustainable Agricultural Systems examines the environmental and social conditions that affect the roles and performance of trees in field- and forest-based agricultural production systems. Various types of ecological settings for agroforestry are analyzed within temperate and tropical regions. The roles of soil, water, light, nutrient and pest management in mixed, annual, woody perennial and livestock systems are discussed. Important new case studies from around the world offer innovative strategies that have been used successfully in raising forests and tree products on a sustainable basis for commercial harvesting and for providing other environmental services in land conservation and watershed management.

Farm Management

Pp 3-14 . Dillon , J.L. 1976. Agricultural Systems . 1 , 5-22 . Doyle , C.J. 1990. Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain ( Ed . J.G.W. Jones and P.R. Street ) . Elsevier Applied Science : London . pp . 89-112 .

Farm Management


Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture

This will occur most effectively when the contributions of women farmers, in terms of all the capital, are recognized and ... symposium to mark the retirement of Professor C.R.W. Spedding: systems theory applied to agriculture and ...

Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture covers major theoretical issues as well as critical empirical shifts in gender and agriculture. Gender relations in agriculture are shifting in most regions of the world with changes in the structure of agriculture, the organization of production, international restructuring of value chains, climate change, the global pandemic, and national and multinational policy changes. This book provides a cutting-edge assessment of the field of gender and agriculture, with contributions from both leading scholars and up-and-coming academics as well as policymakers and practitioners. The handbook is organized into four parts: part 1, institutions, markets, and policies; part 2, land, labor, and agrarian transformations; part 3, knowledge, methods, and access to information; and part 4, farming people and identities. The last chapter is an epilogue from many of the contributors focusing on gender, agriculture, and shifting food systems during the coronavirus pandemic. The chapters address both historical subjects as well as ground-breaking work on gender and agriculture, which will help to chart the future of the field. The handbook has an international focus with contributions examining issues at both the global and local levels with contributors from across the world. With contributions from leading academics, policymakers, and practitioners, and with a global outlook, the Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture is an essential reference volume for scholars, students, and practitioners interested in gender and agriculture.

Wolf Prize in Agriculture

Agriculture and its Environment: Are There Other Ways? Agricultural Systems 23, 211-236. Wit, C.T. de & H. van Keulen, 1987. ... In: Systems theory applied to agriculture and the food chain. Eds J.W.G. Jones & P.R. Street, ...

Wolf Prize in Agriculture

This specially compiled volume contains contributions from Wolf Prize laureates. In agriculture, there is no higher prize than the Wolf Prize. The book includes a list of publications and the most important papers in plant and animal breeding, genetics, biochemistry and plant protection, biotechnology, as well as chemistry and the physics of soils.

Redesigning Animal Agriculture

Allen and Unwin, London. Jackson, M.C. (2000) Systems Approaches to Management. Plenum, New York. Jones, J.G.W. and Street, P.R. (1990) Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain. Elsevier Applied Science, London.

Redesigning Animal Agriculture

Focusing on livestock production systems, this text addresses how the diversity of global food demands will be met in future, providing insights into scientific areas and the implications for addressing global drivers for change.

Diet for a Large Planet

G. R. Conway, “Agroecosystems,” in Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain, ed. J. G. W. Jones and P. R. Street (London: Elsevier, 1990), 211. 123. Linda Nash, “The Fruits of Ill- Health: Pesticides and ...

Diet for a Large Planet

Meat -- Wheat -- Sugar -- Risk -- Violence -- Metabolism -- Bodies -- Earth -- Acceleration.

Resource Conserving Techniques In Crop Production

Sustainability of Agriculture. Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics 48(3): 527–535. Collinson, M.P. 1987. Experimental Agriculture 23: 385–386. Dent, J.B.1990. Systems theory applied to agriculture and the food chain.

Resource Conserving Techniques In Crop Production

Recent researches on resource conserving techniques have provided exciting opportunities for improving input-use-efficiency, productivity and sustainability. These techniques include: zero tillage, minimum tillage, rotary tillage, bed planting, surface seeding, laser land leveling, pressurized irrigation systems, system of rice intensification, aerobic rice, soil solarization, residue management, site-specific nutrient management, crop diversification, precision farming emplo-ying use of modern tools and procedures etc. Adoption of these techniques is the need of the hour as a method of 'low-input agriculture' to reduce costs and achieve sustainability in Indian agriculture. This book provides the most updated and comprehensive information on resource conserving techniques for improving crop productivity. The text is divided into 9 sections: (i) Concept and approaches, (ii) Cropping systems and diversification, (iii) Soil use and management, (iv) Improving nutrient use efficiency, (v) Water-saving techniques, (vi) Weed dynamics and herbicide use, (vii) Energy conservation and farm machinery, (viii) Modern tools and approaches, (ix) On-farm testing and evaluation. In each section, there are chapters on specific topics, contributed by eminent scientists, who made notable research contributions in their field of specialization. The chapters have been thoroughly edited and presented in an easily understandable manner.

Methods of Micro level Analysis for Agricultural Programmes and Policies

A Guideline for Policy Analysts Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Martin Upton, J. M. Dixon ... farming system , in J.G.W. Jones , and P.R. Street eds . , Systems theory applied to agriculture and the food chain .

Methods of Micro level Analysis for Agricultural Programmes and Policies


Social Learning Systems and Communities of Practice

Bawden, R.J. (1990) 'Of Agricultural Systems and Systems Agriculture: Systems Methodologies in Agricultural Education.' Chapter 22. In Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain, J. Jones and P. Street (Eds), Elsevier, ...

Social Learning Systems and Communities of Practice

Social Learning Systems and Communities of Practice is a collection of classical and contemporary writing associated with learning and systemic change in contexts ranging from cities, to rural development to education to nursing to water management to public policy. It is likely to be of interest to anyone trying to understand how to think systemically and to act and interact effectively in situations experienced as complex, messy and changing. While mainly concerned with professional praxis, where theory and practice inform each other, there is much here that can apply at a personal level. This book offers conceptual tools and suggestions for new ways of being and acting in the world in relation to each other, that arise from both old and new understandings of communities, learning and systems. Starting with twentieth century insights into social learning, learning systems and appreciative systems from Donald Schön and Sir Geoffrey Vickers, the book goes on to consider the contemporary traditions of critical social learning systems and communities of practice, pioneered by Richard Bawden and Etienne Wenger and their colleagues. A synthesis of the ideas raised, written by the editor, concludes this reader. The theory and practice of social learning systems and communities of practice appear to have much to offer in influencing and managing systemic change for a better world.

Agroforestry Science Policy and Practice

SAREC-ILEIA, Leusden, The Netherlands Hildebrand PE (1990) Farming systems research - extension. In: Jones JGW and Street PR (eds) Systems Theory Applied to Agriculture and the Food Chain, pp 131-143. Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc, ...

Agroforestry  Science  Policy and Practice

Agroforestry research is central to developing methods for the sustainable use of natural renewable resources, evolving to address the needs of the coming century. It is now necessary to consolidate the scientific gains now being made in process-oriented research and to develop a policy framework to encourage the adoption of sustainable land use practices. Agroforestry plays an important role in conserving forest resources, reducing the need for deforestation. Further, if `forest' is broadly defined as tree cover, agroforestry will also increase the proportion of woody biomass in farming landscapes. The papers selected for inclusion in Agroforestry: Science, Policy, and Practice establish agroforestry as an interdisciplinary science focused on the practical imperative of assisting farmers, forest dwellers and landscape-level planners to achieve sustainable food, fuel and timber production into the 21st century.

Natural Resource Management Ecological Perspectives

Impact of resource optimization on cropping pattern and income on crop-dairy mixed farm. ... Rice-fish poultry system model for rice growing farmers of Karnataka. ... Systems theory applied to agriculture and the food chain (Vol.

Natural Resource Management  Ecological Perspectives

This book is an outcome of the keynote/lead papers presented by the experts from different disciplines in the Indian Ecological Society International Conference 2016 on “Natural Resource Management: Ecological Perspectives”, organized at the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, India. The book captures the essence of natural resource management from the intra and interdisciplinary perspectives of agricultural sciences (entomology, plant pathology, plant breeding and genetics, agronomy and soil sciences), social sciences (resource economics, agricultural extension education), medical sciences, and environmental sciences to stimulate discussion on the ecological perspectives of natural resource management. Wide-ranging topics on land and water resources, biodiversity, integrated farming system, role of microbes in agriculture, climate change and its impact on human health and crop pests, exploiting chemical ecology for pest management, human disease-causing pesticides, beneficial insects like lac insects, integrated pest management, resistance management in insect pests and Bt cotton , and diffusion and adoption of ecologically sustainable technologies at individual and organizational level are covered in the book.. The book will serve the professionals, researchers, academia, government, industry and students.