Farming Systems: An Effective Methodology for Rapid Agricultural Change

Farming systems research/extension (FSR/E) embodies a systematic methodology beginning with problem identification and ending with dissemination of appropriate technology. Farming systems research (FSR) is a relatively recent approach dating back to the early 1970's (Collinson, 1972; Ruthenberg, 1971). Work initiated at ICTA in 1973 represents one of the first attempts to institutionalize FSR/E (Hildebrand, 1981). During the past 10 years, this methodology was more fully conceptualized and put into practice. Importation reductions were achieved for corn, beans, rice, and sorghum, with beans now an export crop. These results were achieved through application of FSR/E methodology with a focus on small-farm producers. Based on the farming systems methodology developed in Guatemala, the University of Florida initiated a FSR/E pilot program in 1981. The program is directed at technology generation for small farmers of north Florida and has emphasized improved grain and forage systems. On-farm reserach has proven critical in rapid problem identification and solution testing and is key to strengthening the farmer-extension-research connection.

Issue Date:
Oct 21 1984
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Conference Paper/ Presentation
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