Francisco J. Pichon is a sociologist at the World Bank and is co-author, with Uquillas, of Sustainable Agriculture and Poverty Reduction in Latin America’s Risk-Prone Areas: Opportunities and Challenges, a 1996 World Bank Report. He has contributed to numerous edited volumes and journals such as Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Development, Journal of Developing Areas, and the Journal of Development Studies. He lives in Washington DC.
This book identifies a major problem facing developing nations and the countries and sources that fund them: the lack of attention and/or effective strategies available to prevent farmers in underdeveloped and poorly endowed regions from sinking still deeper into poverty while avoiding further degradation of marginal environments. The contributors propose an alliance of scientific knowledge with native skill as the best way to proceed, arguing that folk systems can often provide effective management solutions that are not only locally effective, but which may have the potential for spatial diffusion. While this has been said before, the volume makes one of the best articulated statements of how to implement such an approach.