Europe's Green Revolution and Others Since: The Rise and Fall of Peasant-Friendly Plant Breeding - Routledge Explorations in Economic History 57 (Paperback)Jonathan Harwood (author)
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How best to foster agricultural development in the Third World has long been a subject of debate and from a European perspective the persistent failure to design peasant-friendly technology is puzzling. From the late 19th century, for example, various western European countries also underwent `green revolutions' in which systematic attempts were made to promote the adoption of technological innovation by peasant-farmers.
This book focuses on the development of public-sector plant-breeding in Germany from the late nineteenth century through its fate under National Socialism. Harwood uses this historical case study in order to argue that peasant-friendly research has an important role to play in future Green Revolutions.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 270
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
"This book makes the connection between European agricultural history and the experience of developing countries, and shows how fascinating, informative, and revealing the linkage can be." - Paul Brassley, University of Exeter, UK
"Too few academics attempt to fill the gaps between disciplines. Jonathan Harwood sheds light on the potential for a second generation Green Revolution to improve the lives of small farmers in developing countries by appealing to the history of plant breeding in nineteenth and early twentieth century Europe." - Carrie A. Meyer, George Mason University, USA
"Harwood provides a fascinating account of the meso-politics of plant breeding in South Germany in 1880-1939; uses the account to illustrate possible paths of pressure from, and benefit (or otherwise) to, small farmers; and credibly suggests why this sort of history may matter to agricultural research policymakers today."--Michael Lipton, University of Sussex, UK
"This is not an arid academic volume. Harwood makes clear and pointed arguments, which are directed at practitioners and policy-makers in agricultural research and international development." -- Shawn McGuire in Food Security, 17 August 2013
"... what should make Harwood's book fascinating for agricultural development practitioners and scholars alike is that his study is rooted in a systematic-and comparative-understanding of history." -- Shawn McGuire in Food Security, 17 August 2013
"...Harwood not only provides useful insights into the shaping of agricultural research, but also shows how a proper consideration of history could inform development policy." -- Shawn McGuire in Food Security, 17 August 2013