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Agricultural Knowledge and Knowledge Systems in Post-Soviet Societies


Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Anastasiya Shtaltovna and Conrad Schetter

This volume addresses the crucial role of knowledge and innovation in coping with and adapting to socio-economic and political transformation processes in post-Soviet societies. Unique are the bottom up or micro-sociological and ethnographic perspectives offered by the book on the processes of post-Soviet transformations in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus. Three thematic fields form the structuring frame: cultures of knowledge production and sharing in agriculture; local governance arrangements and knowledge production; and finally, the present situation of agricultural advisory services development.
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Constraints and Concerns for Farming and Cropping Types and Strategies in Southern Tajikistan



The well documented authoritarian nature of the Tajik state (International Crisis Group, 2005; SOAS, 2010) is one among many factors that force farmers to grow mainly cotton and reduce other types of farming and cropping to their subsistence needs. This chapter aims to discuss these constraints and farmers’ own concerns in the context of Sayyod village – a cotton-growing community of Shahritus district in southern Tajikistan. One farmer expressed his personal experience:

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