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Land evaluation methodology

small-scale agro-pastoralist farming systems : agricultural community case study in the IV Region of Chile

Lustig, Thomas (1998). Land evaluation methodology. Technical Report. Uppsala: (NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil Sciences > Div. of Hydrotechnics, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Avdelningsmeddelande / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för markvetenskap, Avdelningen för lantbrukets hydroteknik ; 98:1
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This paper reviews non-computerised and computerised land evaluation methods or methodologies, and realises the difficulties to incorporate biophysical and socioeconomic factors from different levels. Therefore, this paper theorises an alternative land evaluation approach, which is tested and elaborated in an agricultural community in the North of Chile. The basis of the approach relies on holistic thinking and attempts to evaluate the potential for improving assumed unsustainable goat management practices. The concept of "potential for development methodology" (PDM) summarises this specific evaluation approach, of which, the soft systems methodology (SSM) is a crucial part. The purpose of SSM is to enhance the under-standing of complex human situations that are perceived as problematic by stakeholders. Final results of PDM are potential classes, which indicate the ability of stake-holders to improve the actual situation. Comparing PDM with the land evaluation approach promoted by FAO, shows complementarity and possibilities to incorporate socio-economic issues within the terminology of the agroeco-logical zoning (AEZ) concept. Thus, this paper suggests a land evaluation approach that may facilitate the incorporation of socioeconomic characteristics from higher (e.g. governmental institutions) and local (e.g. NGOs and farmers) levels.

Authors/Creators:Lustig, Thomas
Title:Land evaluation methodology
Subtitle:small-scale agro-pastoralist farming systems : agricultural community case study in the IV Region of Chile
Series/Journal:Avdelningsmeddelande / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för markvetenskap, Avdelningen för lantbrukets hydroteknik (0282-6569)
Year of publishing :1998
Number:98:1
Number of Pages:91
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Institutionen för markvetenskap, Avdelningen för lantbrukets hydroteknik, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
ISSN:0282-6569
Language:English
Publication Type:Report
Refereed:No
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Area economics
Keywords:land evaluation, Chile, socioeconomic, agriculture
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-3-146
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-3-146
ID Code:4838
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil Sciences > Div. of Hydrotechnics
Deposited By: Elisabeth Bölenius
Deposited On:08 Jul 2010 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:34

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