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‘Appropriating’ technology? tractor owners, brokers, artisans and farmers in rural Bangladesh

Lewis, David ORCID: 0000-0003-0732-9020 (1996) ‘Appropriating’ technology? tractor owners, brokers, artisans and farmers in rural Bangladesh. Journal of International Development, 8 (1). pp. 21-38. ISSN 0954-1748

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Identification Number: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1328(199601)8:1<21::AID-JID247>3.0.CO;2-#


Although tractors have long been regarded by policy makers in Bangladesh as being technologically ‘inappropriate’ to local conditions, they have nevertheless been in use in Comilla district for several decades. The failure of cooperative institutional arrangements for farm mechanization in the 1960s has stimulated local rural entrepreneurs to establish their own custom ploughing arrangements. This is a response to a continuing draught power shortage and the needs of farmers to achieve a swift turnaround time between harvesting rain-fed paddy and planting the increasingly profitable potato crop. This type of arrangement forms part of wider entrepreneurial service delivery systems which are becoming increasingly important in rural Bangladesh, where small-scale agriculture interacts with ‘lumpy’ technological inputs.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 1996 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2014 13:40
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 03:20

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