Agroecological Innovations: Increasing Food Production with Participatory Development

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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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In introducing 22 papers gleaned from a 1997 conference on the future of the world's food supply, Uphoff (government and international agriculture, Cornell U.) summarizes the position of agroecological approaches vs. present production methods. Sections discuss the challenges faced in developing sustainable agriculture; case examples from Africa, Latin America, and Asia; and the reforms needed. Distributed in the US by Stylus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853838569
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Uphoff is director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) and professor of government and international agriculture at Cornell University.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Contributors
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Pt. 1 Issues for Analysis and Evaluation
1 The Agricultural Development Challenges We Face 3
2 Rethinking Agriculture for New Opportunities 21
3 Agroecological Principles for Sustainable Agriculture 40
4 Social and Human Capital for Sustainable Agriculture 47
5 Economics Conditions for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification 58
6 Can a More Agroecological Agriculture Feed a Growing World Population? 71
Pt. 2 Experiences from Africa, Latin America and Asia
7 The Evolution of Agroecological Methods and the Influence of Markets: Case Studies from Kenya and Nigeria 95
8 Benefits from Agroforestry in Africa, with Examples from Kenya and Zambia 109
9 Realizing the Potential of Integrated Aquaculture: Evidence from Malawi 115
10 Management of Organic Inputs to Increase Food Production in Senegal 125
11 Combining Traditional and New Knowledge to Improve Food Security in the Sahelian Zone of Mali 138
12 Opportunities for Raising Yields by Changing Management Practices: The System of Rice Intensification in Madagascar 145
13 Increasing Productivity through Agroecological Approaches in Central America: Experiences from Hillside Agriculture 162
14 Raising Smallholder Crop and Livestock Production in Andean Mountain Regions 173
15 The Spread and Benefits of No-till Agriculture in Parana State, Brazil 187
16 Diversifying Rice-based Farming Systems and Empowering Farmers in Bangladesh Using the Farmer Field-school Approach 203
17 Integrated Pest and Crop Management in Sri Lanka 212
18 Increasing the Scope for Food Crop Production on Sloping Lands in Asia: Contour Farming with Natural Vegetative Strips in the Philippines 221
Pt. 3 Advancing Agroecological Agriculture with Participatory Practices
19 Exploiting Interactions Between Planned and Unplanned Diversity in Agroecosystems: What do We Need to Know? 233
20 Human Dimensions of Agroecological Development 243
21 Institutional Changes and Policy Reforms 251
22 A More Productive Synthesis for Agriculture 261
References 267
Index 295
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