Cultivating Biodiversity: Understanding, Analysing and Using Agrodiversity

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The United Nations University project on People, Land Management and Environmental Change (PLEC) has used the traditional skills of smallholder farmers -- for cultivating their crops, managing the soil, water and vegetation and maintaining their livelihoods in difficult circumstances - to produce this book. Arguably, these farmers have conserved and even created more biological diversity and more economically important species than all protected areas combined.
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Overview

The United Nations University project on People, Land Management and Environmental Change (PLEC) has used the traditional skills of smallholder farmers -- for cultivating their crops, managing the soil, water and vegetation and maintaining their livelihoods in difficult circumstances - to produce this book. Arguably, these farmers have conserved and even created more biological diversity and more economically important species than all protected areas combined.
The book draws on the experience of demonstration sites that are the farmers' own enterprises, combining superior production along with enhancement of biological diversity. It is based on work in 12 countries with more than 200 collaborating scientists and about 2500 collaborating farmers, showing how its authors perceive and quantitatively analyze agrodiversity, and how they work together with farmers.
This book will be of interest to all concerned with sustainable development, global change issues and participatory approaches to conservation with rural people.
Published in collaboration with the United Nations University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853394935
  • Publisher: Practical Action Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the book -- The Editors
Part I. Agrodiversity Analyzed

Chapter 1. Introduction to the understanding of agrodiversity --Stocking Chapter 2. Agrodiversity and agrobiodiversity -- Brookfield; Chapter 3. Agrodiversity at the scales of farm and landscape -- Brookfield; Chapter 4. Agrodiversity in relation to land degradation and sustainable rural livelihoods -- Stocking; Chapter 5. Guidelines on agrodiversity assessment -- Brookfield, Stocking and Brookfield; Chapter 6. Guidelines for the assessment of plant species diversity in agricultural landscapes -- Zarin, Guo and Enu-Kwesi; Chapter 7. Household Level Agrobiodiversity Assessment (HH-ABA) -- Guo, Padoch, Fu, Dao, and Coffey.

Part II. Focus On People
Chapter 8. Spotting expertise in a dynamic landscape -- Padoch; Chapter 9. PLEC demonstration activities: a review of procedures and experiences -- Pinedo-Vasquez, Gyasi and Coffey; Chapter 10. Indigenous knowledge in space and time -- Amanor; Chapter 11. .Surveying Diversity at Household level in wet-rice fields at Daka -- Fu Yunnan and Chen Cui Guo; Chapter 12. Working with farmers is not simple: the case of PLEC Tanzania -- Kaihura; Chapter 13. Genesis and purpose of the women farmers' group at Jachie, central Ghana -- Oduro

Part III. Agrodiversity Case Studies
Chapter 15. Agrodiversity assessment and analysis in diverse and dynamic small-scale farms in Arumeru, Arusha, Tanzania, Kaihura, Ndondi and Kemikimba; Chapter 16. Biodiversity as a product of smallholders' strategies for overcoming changes in their natural and social landscapes: a report from Amazonia -- Pinedo-Vasquez, Padoch, McGrath and Ximenes; Chapter 17. From forests to field: incorporating smallholder knowledge in the Camu-camu programme in Peru -- Pinedo-Vasquez and Pinedo-Panduro; Chapter 18. Sustainable management of an Amazonian forest for timber production : a myth or reality? Pinedo-Vasquez and Rabelo; Chapter 19. Diversity of upland rice and of wild vegetables in Baka, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan --Fu and Chen; Chapter 20. Evaluation of the cultivation of "Ammomum villosum" under tropical forest in southwestern Yunnan -- Guan, Dao, Cui; Chapter 21. Intensification and diversification of land use in the highlands of northern Thailand -- Kanok Rerkasem, Charal Thongarm, Chawalit Korsamphan, Narit Yimyam and Benjavan Rerkasem; Chapter 22. The changing situation in the Fouta Djallon, Guinee -- Fofana, Diallo, Barry, Boiro, Kanne and Barry; Chapter 23. Traditional forms of conserving biodiversity within agriculture, their changing character and relevance to food security in Ghana -- Edwin Gyasi

Part IV. The Way Forward
Chapter 24. Conclusions and recommendations for policy in agricultural development -- The Editors

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