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Agricultural Knowledge and Knowledge Systems in Post-Soviet Societies

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Edited By 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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The volume brings together empirical and theoretical research with different disciplinary perspectives on the issues of knowledge, innovation, extension, agricultural advisory services and agricultural politics related to knowledge creation and dissemination for farmers in Central Asia and Caucasia. The contributors to this volume have been influenced in their work by their diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including backgrounds in geography, sociology, anthropology, ecology, political science and development research, as well as peace and conflict research.

REGINA BIRNER, Professor, holds the Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development at the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim, Germany. Her research interest addresses institutional development, policy analysis and governance challenges for rural development in resource-poor countries. Since the late 1990s onwards, she has contributed to a number of research and development projects in countries such as China, India, Pakistan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Ethiopia, Kenya, Congo, Uganda, Nigeria and others.

HAFIZ BOBOYOROV wrote his PhD in development studies with the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn. His research interests cover existential security concerns in shaping collective (including Islam and local) identities, reciprocal and patronage networks and political systems in Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries. He is the author of Collective Identities and Patronage Networks in Southern Tajikistan (Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2013). Currently Boboyorov leads the Research Center for Contemporary Processes and Future Planning at the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan.

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