Agrodiversity Learning from Farmers across the World

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Through generations of innovation and experiment, smallholder farms (cultivated pieces of land smaller than 50 acres) have nurtured a rich diversity of both wild and domestic plants and animals. While most academic literature emphasizes the accelerated loss of biodiversity, this book describes how large numbers of smallholder farmers are conserving biodiversity in their farmland and surrounds. Based on the fieldwork of the United Nations University Project on People, Land Management, and Environmental Change ...

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Overview

Through generations of innovation and experiment, smallholder farms (cultivated pieces of land smaller than 50 acres) have nurtured a rich diversity of both wild and domestic plants and animals. While most academic literature emphasizes the accelerated loss of biodiversity, this book describes how large numbers of smallholder farmers are conserving biodiversity in their farmland and surrounds. Based on the fieldwork of the United Nations University Project on People, Land Management, and Environmental Change (PLEC), the book observes how farmers use their knowledge and skills to manage diversity and to manage their resources conservatively and profitably.

The book highlights positive examples of resource management in Brazil, China, Ghana, Guinée, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda, Britain, the United States, Japan, and Australia. These examples demonstrate how "agrodiversity" practices can be used to reverse loss of biodiversity, control land degradation, and improve small farmers' livelihoods, and how they could be successfully applied to other situations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280810875
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Harold Brookfield, formerly Principal Scientific Coordinator of the United Nations University Project on People, Land Management, and Environmental Change (PLEC), is now Senior Adviser. He is Professor-emeritus in the Department of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. Helen Parsons , formerly Research Assistant to PLEC, is now joint editor (with Harold Brookfield) of the scientific-information listserv (PLECserv) and of the PLEC NEws and Views. She is also a smallholder farmer. Muriel Brookfield was formerly the principal editor of PLEC News and Views. She is now engaged in ornithological and environmental research.

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Table of Contents

List of tables and figures
List of acronyms
List of colour plates
Preface
Foreword: Mainstreaming PLEC's vision and upscaling PLEC's goals
Introduction 1
1 The evolution of PLEC's work, 1992-2002 5
2 How PLEC worked towards its objectives 21
3 Brazil (Amazonia) 43
4 Ghana 79
5 Guinee 110
6 Uganda 134
7 Kenya 154
8 Tanzania 169
9 China 195
10 Papua New Guinea 212
11 Peru 232
12 Mexico 249
13 Jamaica 270
14 Thailand 293
15 Findings from the PLEC project 316
Bibliography 322
Contributors 333
Index 336
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