Agroecological Innovations: Increasing Food Production with Participatory Development

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Overview

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. This volume offers a collection of innovative 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.

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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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853838576
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.95 (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

Introduction
• Part 1 Issues For Analysis and Evaluation
• Part 2 Experiences from Africa, Latin America and Asia: Africa
• Latin America
• Asia
• Part 3 Advancing Agroecological Agriculture with Participatory Practices
• References
• Index

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