Over the last decade there has been renewed interest in food security and the state of the global food system. Population growth, climate change and food price spikes have combined to focus new attention on the technologies and institutions that underpin the production and consumption of food that is varied, nutritious and safe.

Knowledge politics within development-oriented agronomy set the stage for some models of agricultural development to be favoured over others, with very real implications for the food security and wellbeing of many millions of people. Agronomy for Development demonstrates how the analysis of knowledge politics can shed valuable new light on current debates about agricultural development and food security. Using bio-physical and social sciences perspectives to address the political economy of the production and use of knowledge in development, this edited collection reflects on the changing politics of knowledge within the field of agronomy and the ways in which these politics feed and reflect the interests of a broad set of actors.

This book is aimed at professionals working in agricultural research as well as students and practitioners of agricultural, rural and international development.


chapter 1|13 pages

Knowledge Politics in Development-Oriented Agronomy

ByJens A. Andersson, James Sumberg

chapter 2|17 pages

On the movement of agricultural technologies

Packaging, unpacking and situated reconfiguration
ByDominic Glover, Jean-Philippe Venot, Harro Maat

chapter 3|13 pages

South–South Cooperation and Agribusiness Contestations in Irrigated Rice

China and Brazil in Ghana
ByKojo Amanor

chapter 4|15 pages

GM Crops ‘for Africa’

Contestation and knowledge politics in the Kenyan biosafety debate
ByStephen Whitfield

chapter 5|20 pages

Systems Research in the Cgiar as an Arena of Struggle

Competing discourses on the embedding of research in development
ByCees Leeuwis, Marc Schut, Laurens Klerkx

chapter 6|12 pages

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back in Farmer Knowledge Exchange

‘Scaling up’ as Fordist replication in drag
ByWilliam G. Moseley

chapter 7|13 pages

When the Solution Became a Problem

Strategies in the reform of agricultural extension in Uganda
ByPatience B. Rwamigisa, Paul Kibwika, Frank B. Matsiko, Margaret N. Mangheni, Regina Birner

chapter 8|17 pages

Sweet ‘Success’

Contesting biofortification strategies to address malnutrition in Tanzania
BySheila Rao, Chris Huggins

chapter 9|15 pages

Crops in Context

Negotiating traditional and formal seed institutions
ByOla T. Westengen

chapter 10|14 pages

Laws of the Field

Rights and justice in development-oriented agronomy
ByJames A. Fraser

chapter 11|11 pages

A Golden Age for Agronomy?

ByKen E. Giller, Jens A. Andersson, James Sumberg, John Thompson