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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Taylor, Jennifer E. II
Author's Email Address jhai@vt.edu
URN etd-21698-182143
Title An Exploratory Literature Review of Efforts to Help the Small-Scale, Resource Poor Farmer in International Agricultural Development
Degree PhD
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Fortune, Jimmie C. Committee Chair
De Datta, Surajit K. Committee Member
Hutchins, David E. Committee Member
Williams, Oscar Committee Member
Williams-Green, Joyce Committee Member
Keywords
  • Subsistence Farmer
  • Sustainable Development
  • 21st Century
  • International Agricultural Research and Extension
Date of Defense 1998-01-13
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
An Exploratory Literature Review of Efforts to Help the Small-Scale, Resource Poor Farmer in International Agricultural Development

By Jennifer E. Taylor

Abstract

Since the 1979 World Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (WCARRD) and the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment Development, which generated the Agenda 21 document, international agaricultural development organizations have been urged to strengthen their focus toward the sustainable development of the small-scale, resource poor farmer.

Although approximately 75% of the worlds' farmers are small-scale, resource poor farmers, generally, they have not been the primarly focus of international agricultural development.

This study investigated the small-scale, resource poor farmers'

*ongoing level of participation

*rate of adoption of agricultural technology, and

*sustainable benefits

within the documents of eleven key international agricultural development organizations to determine if the farmers can positively impact the forecasted food shortage expected early in the 21st Century.

The study utilized methods of multi-document analysis including: Light and Pillemer (1984), meta-ethnography, and qualitative computer software.

This study represents the findings indicated in 51 (fifty-one) implemented international agricultral research and extension projects located within 38 (thirty-eight) countries. More than one million small-scale farmers were reported as participants of the projects within this study.

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