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Beyond Intensification? Reconsidering Agricultural Transformations

Beyond Intensification? Reconsidering Agricultural Transformations Almost four decades since Ester Boserup’s ground-breaking introduction of the concept of intensification in agricultural production, what value does the concept still hold for researchers seeking to account for transformations in smallholder production in the newer nations of the Asia-Pacific region? In countries such as Papua New Guinea, smallholder production is still of paramount significance, in terms both of overall production, and of the proportion of the population dependent upon it. In November 1998 a group of international researchers with a common interest in agricultural transformation came together for a workshop at the Australian National University in Canberra. The meeting was organised partly to consider information from the recently completed Mapping Agricultural Systems in Papua New Guinea project (MASP), and also to reflect on what this information might contribute to the ongoing debate over the process of agricultural intensification. In recognition of his pioneering research on the geography of Papua New Guinea and on broader theories of agricultural intensification, Harold Brookfield was invited to present a keynote address. It is a mark of his exceptional influence as a thinker and his appetite for scholarship that Brookfield should continue to be integral to a debate organised in celebration of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asia Pacific Viewpoint Wiley

Beyond Intensification? Reconsidering Agricultural Transformations

Asia Pacific Viewpoint , Volume 42 (2‐3) – Aug 1, 2001

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2001 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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1360-7456
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1467-8373
DOI
10.1111/1467-8373.00141
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Abstract

Almost four decades since Ester Boserup’s ground-breaking introduction of the concept of intensification in agricultural production, what value does the concept still hold for researchers seeking to account for transformations in smallholder production in the newer nations of the Asia-Pacific region? In countries such as Papua New Guinea, smallholder production is still of paramount significance, in terms both of overall production, and of the proportion of the population dependent upon it. In November 1998 a group of international researchers with a common interest in agricultural transformation came together for a workshop at the Australian National University in Canberra. The meeting was organised partly to consider information from the recently completed Mapping Agricultural Systems in Papua New Guinea project (MASP), and also to reflect on what this information might contribute to the ongoing debate over the process of agricultural intensification. In recognition of his pioneering research on the geography of Papua New Guinea and on broader theories of agricultural intensification, Harold Brookfield was invited to present a keynote address. It is a mark of his exceptional influence as a thinker and his appetite for scholarship that Brookfield should continue to be integral to a debate organised in celebration of

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Asia Pacific ViewpointWiley

Published: Aug 1, 2001

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