The desire to resolve problems through pragmatic observation, systematic evaluation, and coordinated action persists with each new generation of researchers. A timeless task that bears individual, social, and often cultural characteristics, problem resolution is essentially an experimental process. Routine and methodology can enhance both its process and outcome. Reflecting the authors' combined total of more than fifty years of experience helping students and colleagues, both in developed and less advantaged countries, 'Applied Agricultural Research' is focused on helping researchers improve their methodology skills. The authors consider the practical difficulties inherent in designing real-world research projects that can be completed within the available time and whose results are applicable to the problem at hand. They urge researchers to approach the task as a client-oriented service.