Breathing new life into farming systems research

farm systems diagramIn a new blog post, Jim Sumberg suggests how the discipline of Farming Systems Research (FSR), pioneered in the 1970s, could be revived with new thinking. With agriculture once again high on the development agenda, and with new ambitions, actors and alliances, a systems-oriented research approach has much to offer.

An approach that recognises the 3Ds – ‘directionality’, distribution and diversity – of pathways to sustainability, he argues, could breathe new life into an old discipline.

Image: Progression in farming systems thinking (source: FAO Website)