Agroecological Innovations: Increasing Food Production with Participatory Development

Agroecological Innovations: Increasing Food Production with Participatory Development

by Norman Uphoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 185383856X

ISBN-13: 9781853838569

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Currently 800 million people are undernourished, the world's food supply needs to rise significantly, yet both arable and water supplies per capita are decreasing. Not only are modern agricultural methods beyond the reach of those suffering the greatest food insecurity but they are also ecologically damaging, relying upon fossil energy and chemical inputs. …  See more details below

Overview

Currently 800 million people are undernourished, the world's food supply needs to rise significantly, yet both arable and water supplies per capita are decreasing. Not only are modern agricultural methods beyond the reach of those suffering the greatest food insecurity but they are also ecologically damaging, relying upon fossil energy and chemical inputs. "Agroecological Innovations" is a groundbreaking collection of innovative, successful and diverse approaches to agricultural development.

Documented in 12 case studies, these approaches are reliant upon greater knowledge, skill and labour input, rather than larger capital expenditure. They are shown to increase yield substantially, sometimes doubling or tripling output. This volume presents the concepts and operational means for reorienting agricultural efforts towards these more environmentally friendly and socially desirable approaches in the developed as well as developing world.

This guide to policy and practice will be vital for those professionals and policy makers involved in agriculture and food production as well as for academics and researchers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853838569
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Contributors
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Introduction
Pt. 1Issues for Analysis and Evaluation
1The Agricultural Development Challenges We Face3
2Rethinking Agriculture for New Opportunities21
3Agroecological Principles for Sustainable Agriculture40
4Social and Human Capital for Sustainable Agriculture47
5Economics Conditions for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification58
6Can a More Agroecological Agriculture Feed a Growing World Population?71
Pt. 2Experiences from Africa, Latin America and Asia
7The Evolution of Agroecological Methods and the Influence of Markets: Case Studies from Kenya and Nigeria95
8Benefits from Agroforestry in Africa, with Examples from Kenya and Zambia109
9Realizing the Potential of Integrated Aquaculture: Evidence from Malawi115
10Management of Organic Inputs to Increase Food Production in Senegal125
11Combining Traditional and New Knowledge to Improve Food Security in the Sahelian Zone of Mali138
12Opportunities for Raising Yields by Changing Management Practices: The System of Rice Intensification in Madagascar145
13Increasing Productivity through Agroecological Approaches in Central America: Experiences from Hillside Agriculture162
14Raising Smallholder Crop and Livestock Production in Andean Mountain Regions173
15The Spread and Benefits of No-till Agriculture in Parana State, Brazil187
16Diversifying Rice-based Farming Systems and Empowering Farmers in Bangladesh Using the Farmer Field-school Approach203
17Integrated Pest and Crop Management in Sri Lanka212
18Increasing the Scope for Food Crop Production on Sloping Lands in Asia: Contour Farming with Natural Vegetative Strips in the Philippines221
Pt. 3Advancing Agroecological Agriculture with Participatory Practices
19Exploiting Interactions Between Planned and Unplanned Diversity in Agroecosystems: What do We Need to Know?233
20Human Dimensions of Agroecological Development243
21Institutional Changes and Policy Reforms251
22A More Productive Synthesis for Agriculture261
References267
Index295

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