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The Economics of Tropical Farming Systems

The Economics of Tropical Farming Systems



Part of Wye Studies in Agricultural and Rural Development

  • Date Published: December 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521483407

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  • Based on the author's widely used earlier text African Farm Management, this account updates the economic analysis of tropical agriculture and includes examples from all parts of the developing world. Writing in a clear, concise style, Professor Upton explains the essential theories of farm economics without numerous mathematical formulae. This account is completely revised, with increased emphasis on 'farm household economics', in which farms are seen as consumers as well as producers. Containing a new chapter on the economics of irrigated agriculture. This book provides an invaluable economic framework for better understanding the management of farming systems in the tropics, and will be welcomed by students of tropical agriculture worldwide.

    • Expanded reworking of successful out-of-print text
    • Covers agricultural economics of all tropical countries
    • Clearly explains current economic theories with a minimum of maths and many examples of practical case studies
    • Could be of interest to economics students, but main market is agriculturalists
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    '… the author produces an authoritative text interlaced with many relevant and illustrative references …' Experimental Agriculture

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521483407
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 99 b/w illus. 45 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Farm Production Economics:
    1. Farming systems in economic development
    2. The farmer's environment
    3. The farmer's production choices
    4. Labour and leisure
    5. Costs, scale and size
    6. Risk avoidance
    Part II. Resource Use:
    7. Capital and credit
    8. Natural resources
    9. The economics of irrigated farming systems
    Part III. Field Investigations:
    10. Farming systems research
    11. Surveys
    12. Analysis
    13. Production functions
    Part IV. Farm Planning:
    14. Budgeting
    15. Investment appraisal
    16. Linear programming

  • Author

    Martin Upton, University of Reading

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