Agroecological aspects of evaluating agricultural R and D

Stanley Wood, Philip G. Pardey

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In this paper we describe how biophysical data can be used, in conjunction with agroecological concepts and multimarket economic models, to systematically evaluate the effects of agricultural R and D in ways that inform research priority setting and resource-allocation decisions. Agroecological zones can be devised to help estimate the varying, site-specific responses to new agricultural technologies and to evaluate the potential for research to spill over from one agroecological zone to another. The application of agroecological zonation procedures in an international, agricultural-research context is given special attention, and we propose tailoring the zones to the R and D being evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-41
Number of pages29
JournalAgricultural Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1998


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