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Microlevel studies of existing farming practices in northern Nigeria show a clear-cut socioeconomic rationale behind the practices adopted by farmers in the area. Mixed cropping is favored because returns per acre are high and risk is minimized. Only those technologies that encourage and support the strategies behind the farming practices in this region will have a good chance of being successful. Conventional research approaches emphasizing single-crop technologies should be discouraged; an approach that examines all crops in the farming system and considers the felt needs of farmers should be evolved. The importance of multidisciplinary work and the ex ante role of the social scientist in the research effort are emphasized.