PRODUCTION SYSTEMS RESEARCH: SOME METHODOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS

The major limitation of traditional station-based research is its failure to account for the multiplicity of socioeconomic and ecosystemic variables that determine the success or failure of the farmer. Production systems research however focuses on the farm and the farmer using station-based research to complement the farm-based work. This paper deals with the issues involved in the ex-ante analysis of the factors affecting farm profitability. These considerations result in the identification of research opportunities vis-a-vis cost of research and the definition of the domain of recommendations. TIle instruments used in this exercise are identified and briefly discussed. The ex-post analysis of the results of the research efforts using economic, evaluation criteria lead to the selection of alternatives or modified systems which may improve the farm. Some of these economic criteria are discussed. tile paper recognises the tremendous virtues of production systems research but notes the factors (political, social, economic) which influence the adoption of alternatives. ----- La mayor Iimitacidn de la investigacion tradicional-en at sede (estaci6n experimental) - es la falta de considerar la multiplicidad de variables soeio-economicas y ecosistemtiticas, las cuales determinan el €xito 0 el fracaso del agricultor. Sin embargo, la investlgacidn de sistemas de la producci6n, concentra sus miras en la finca y en el agricultor utilizando, investigacion-en la sedepara complementar el trabajo en la finca. Este inforrne trata de puntos involucrados en el anlllisis "ex-ante" de los factores que afectan las ganancias de la finca. Estas consideraciones resultan en la identificacion de oportunidades de invcstigacion en 10 referente a, el cos to de la investigacidn y la definici6n del "dominic de recornendaciones." Las tecnicas y metodos utilizados en este ejercicio so identificados y discutidos brevemente. EI analisis "ex-post" de los resultados de la investigacidn, utilizando un criterio economico de evaluacion, facilita la selecci6n de alternativas 0 sistemas modificados, 10 cual mejora la finca. Algunos de estos criterios de la investigacion de sistemas de producci6n, pero apunta los factores (politicos, sociales, economicos) que influyen la adopcion de alternativas.


Issue Date:
Sep 08 1985
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
Language:
English
Total Pages:
6




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