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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 4 Measuring agroecosystems properties:adaptation of matrix scoring technique

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 4 Measuring agroecosystems properties:adaptation of matrix scoring technique M. Shanmugam, A. Palchamy, S. Jeeva, A. Kumar and K. C. John in collaboration with Mrs. and Mr. Marappan. This note is based on the adaptation of the rationale for land use systems in a drought matrix scoring technique to investigate local prone village. Seasonal analysis and probing perceptions of agroecosystem properties, of risk coping mechanisms provided us with a namely productivity, stability, sustainability list of local innovators. and equity, in a recently concluded PRA workshop in Paiyur for scientists of Tamil Mrs. and Mr. Marappan have been Nadu Agricultural University, India. experimenting successfully to build diversity in their farming systems as a risk-hedging Matrix scoring device. Diversity is marked by the wide variation in species choice, planting, cultural Variations of matrix rankings and scoring are and harvesting practices and infinite used to understand farmers' decision-making adaptations to seasonal variations in their 7 processes, comparing preferences for different plots. Their agroforestry system comprises technological options, land use strategies, etc, coconut and cotton, coconut and sugarcane, between individuals and between different mango and rice, mango and groundnut, four groups, and eliciting decision-criteria. cattle, and annual crops like ...

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