Ecoagriculture: Strategies to Feed the World and Save Wild Biodiversity / Edition 1

Ecoagriculture: Strategies to Feed the World and Save Wild Biodiversity / Edition 1

by Future Harvest, Jeffrey A. McNeely, Sara J. Scherr
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559636440

ISBN-13: 9781559636445

Pub. Date: 10/18/2002

Publisher: Island Press

<p>Although food-production systems for the world's rural poor typically have had devastating effects on the planet's wealth of genes, species, and ecosystems, that need not be the case in the future. In Ecoagriculture, two of the world's leading experts on conservation and development examine the idea that agricultural landscapes can be designed more creatively to…  See more details below

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<p>Although food-production systems for the world's rural poor typically have had devastating effects on the planet's wealth of genes, species, and ecosystems, that need not be the case in the future. In Ecoagriculture, two of the world's leading experts on conservation and development examine the idea that agricultural landscapes can be designed more creatively to take the needs of human populations into account while also protecting, or even enhancing, biodiversity. They present a thorough overview of the innovative concept of "ecoagriculture" - the management of landscapes for both the production of food and the conservation of wild biodiversity. The book:<ul><li>examines the global impact of agriculture on wild biodiversity<li>describes the challenge of reconciling biodiversity conservation and agricultural goals<li>outlines and discusses the ecoagriculture approach<li>presents diverse case studies that illustrate key strategies<li>explores how policies, markets, and institutions can be re-shaped to support ecoagriculture</ul>While focusing on tropical regions of the developing world - where increased agricultural productivity is most vital for food security, poverty reduction, and sustainable development, and where so much of the world's wild biodiversity is threatened - it also draws on lessons learned in developed countries. Dozens of examples from around the world present proven strategies for small-scale, low-income farmers involved in commercial production.<p>Ecoagriculture explores new approaches to agricultural production that complement natural environments, enhance ecosystem function, and improve rural livelihoods. It features a wealth of real-world case studies that demonstrate the applicability of the ideas discussed and how the principles can be applied, and is an important new work for policymakers, students, researchers, and anyone concerned with conserving biodiversity while sustaining human populations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559636445
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
10/18/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
323
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Cases, Maps, Figures, Tables, and Boxes
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Pt. IThe Challenge: Agricultural Intensification, Rural Poverty, and Biodiversity1
Ch. 1Introduction3
Ch. 2Wild Biodiversity under Threat9
Ch. 3Agriculture and Human Welfare31
Ch. 4Agriculture and Wild Biodiversity51
Pt. IIThe Opportunity: Integrating Biodiversity Conservation in Agricultural Development87
Ch. 5Ecoagriculture: Genesis of the Approach89
Ch. 6Making Space for Wildlife in Agricultural Landscapes115
Ch. 7Enhancing the Habitat Value of Productive Farmlands149
Ch. 8Coexisting with Wild Biodiversity in Ecoagriculture Systems191
Pt. IIIPolicy Responses199
Ch. 9Policies to Promote Ecoagriculture201
Ch. 10Market Incentives for Ecoagriculture217
Ch. 11Institutions to Support Ecoagriculture231
Ch. 12Bringing Ecoagriculture into the Mainstream249
Glossary267
References281
About the Authors317
Index319

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