The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for All in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

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Today more than three quarters of a billion people go hungry in a world where food is plentiful. A distinguished scientist here sets out an agenda for addressing this situation. Initially published in 1997 in the United Kingdom, the book is now available in the first edition produced for the Western hemisphere. In it, the author has updated information to reflect current economic indicators. This volume includes a foreword written for the previous edition by Ismail Serageldin of the World Bank.The original Green Revolution produced new technologies for farmers, creating food abundance. A second transformation of agriculture is now required—specifically, Gordon Conway argues, a "doubly green" revolution that stresses conservation as well as productivity. He calls for researchers and farmers to forge genuine partnerships in an effort to design better plants and animals. He also urges them to develop (or rediscover) alternatives to inorganic fertilizers and pesticides, improve soil and water management, and enhance earning opportunities for the poor, especially women.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The author provides a clear and concise guide to a key part of what is possibly the most critical question facing humanity."—New Scientist

"A valuable source book that outlines a comprehensive view of world food production as seen through the needs of the world's hungry. . . A book that begins with a disconcerting prediction leaves us instead with a realistic vision of a future where no one goes hungry."—Boston Book Review

"This book is remarkable for its comprehensive treatment of the critical food issues that confront the globe, as well as its very accessible presentation of where we've been—and where we may be headed—in the early years of the new millennium. Dr. Conway's eminently sensible approach to clarifying and addressing the real hunger issues is destined to frame the debate for many years to come."—Per Pinstrup-Andersen, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC

Reprint of the Penquin Books edition of 1997 with new foreword by Vernon W. Ruttan. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801486104
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Comstock Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Gordon Conway is Professor of International Development at Imperial College, London. He is the author of The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for All in the Twenty-First Century and One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?(both from Cornell) and coauthor of Science and Innovation for Development.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to Cornell Paperbacks edition
Foreword to UK edition
Editorial Note
1 Hunger and Poverty 1
2 The Year 2020 15
3 A Doubly Green Revolution 31
4 Past Successes 44
5 Food Production and the Poor 66
6 Food Production and Pollution 86
7 Trends and Priorities 108
8 Designer Plants and Animals 140
9 Sustainable Agriculture 163
10 Partnerships 185
11 Controlling Pests 205
12 Replacing Nutrients 223
13 Managing Soil and Water 242
14 Conserving Natural Resources 263
15 Achieving Food Security 285
16 After the World Food Summit 305
App International Agricultural Research Centres 319
Index 325
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