Exploring Agrodiversity / Edition 1

Exploring Agrodiversity / Edition 1

by Harold Brookfield, H. C. Brookfield
     
 

ISBN-10: 023110233X

ISBN-13: 9780231102339

Pub. Date: 04/30/2001

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Small farmers are often viewed as engaging in wasteful practices that wreak ecological havoc. Exploring Agrodiversity sets the record straight: Small farmers are in fact ingenious and inventive and engage in a diverse range of land-management strategies, many of them resourcefully geared toward conserving resources, especially soil. They have shown

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Small farmers are often viewed as engaging in wasteful practices that wreak ecological havoc. Exploring Agrodiversity sets the record straight: Small farmers are in fact ingenious and inventive and engage in a diverse range of land-management strategies, many of them resourcefully geared toward conserving resources, especially soil. They have shown considerable resilience in the face of major onslaughts against their way of life by outsiders and government.

Using case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific, this book provides in-depth analysis of agricultural diversity and explores its history. The book also considers the effect of the "gene revolution" on small farmers and reviews the effects of the "green revolution" in Asian countries. In conclusion, it questions whether the diverse agricultural practices employed by small farmers can survive modern pressures and the global ambitions of the biotechnology industry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231102339
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2001
Series:
Issues, Cases, and Methods in Biodiversity Conservation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
7.03(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Presenting Agrodiversity 1. Presenting Diversity by Example: Mintima and Bayninan2. Diversity, Stress, and OpportunityPart II. Diversity Within Rotational Land Systems 3. Defining, Describing, and Writing About AgrodiversityPart III. Paths of Transformation 4. Learning About the History of AgrodiversityPart IV. The Future of Agrodiversity 5. Understanding Soils and Soil—Plant Dynamics6. Analyzing Shifting Cultivation7. Alternative Ways to Farm Parsimonious Soils8. Managing Plants in the Fallow and the Forest9. Coping with Problems: Degraded Land, Slope Dynamics, and Flood10. Who Has Driven Agricultural Change? 11. Farmer-Driven Transformation in Modern Times12. The Green Revolution13. Recent Trends in Agriculture14. Science, Farmers, and PoliticsEpilogue: Looking at the FutureReferences

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