Farming with Nature: The Science and Practice of Ecoagriculture

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A growing body of evidence shows that agricultural landscapes can be managed not only to produce crops but also to support biodiversity and promote ecosystem health. Innovative farmers and scientists, as well as indigenous land managers, are developing diverse types of “ecoagriculture” landscapes to generate cobenefits
for production, biodiversity, and local people.
 
Farming with Nature offers a synthesis of the state of knowledge of key topics in ecoagriculture. The book is a unique collaboration among renowned agricultural and ecological scientists, leading field conservationists, and farm and community leaders to synthesize knowledge and experience across sectors. The book examines:
 •the knowledge base for ecoagriculture as well as barriers, gaps, and opportunities for developing improved ecoagriculture systems
•what we have learned about managing landscapes to achieve multiple objectives at a landscape scale
•existing incentives for farmers, other land managers, and investors to develop and invest in ecoagriculture systems
•pathways to develop, implement, manage, and scale up successful ecoagriculture

Insights are drawn from around the world, in tropical, Mediterranean, and temperate environments, from farming systems that range from highly commercialized to semi-subsistence. Farming with Nature is an important new work that can serve as a foundation document for planners, farm organizations, researchers, project developers, and policy makers to develop strategies for promoting and sustaining ecoagriculture landscapes. Replete with valuable best practice guidelines, it is a critical resource for both practitioners and researchers in
the field.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE - L.S. Cline

"Accompanied by excellent schematics, charts, aerial photographs, and glossaries, this collection sharpens the focus of the editors' earlier work. It amplifies significantly their view of the institutional and socioeconomic structure needed to support and sustain such environments. Summing Up: Recommended."
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"Accompanied by excellent schematics, charts, aerial photographs, and glossaries, this collection sharpens the focus of the editors' earlier work. It amplifies significantly their view of the institutional and socioeconomic structure needed to support and sustain such environments. Summing Up: Recommended."

— L.S. Cline

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597261272
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara J. Scherr is an agricultural and natural resource economist and is Director of Ecoagriculture Partners and Director of Ecosystem Services for Forest Trends.

Jeffrey A. McNeely is Chief Scientist at IUCN, The World Conservation Union.

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Table of Contents


List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Preface     xix
The Challenge for Ecoagriculture   Sara J. Scherr   Jeffrey A. McNeely     1
Agricultural Production in Ecoagriculture Landscapes     17
Overview of Section
Scientific Assessment of Ecoagriculture Systems   Louise E. Buck   Thomas A. Gavin   Norman T. Uphoff   David R. Lee     20
Biodiversity in Agroecosystems   Judith Thompson   Toby Hodgkin   Kwesi Atta-Krah   Devra Jarvis   Coosje Hoogendoorn   Stefano Padulosi     46
Perennial Grains   Lee R. DeHaan   Thomas S. Cox   David L. Van Tassel   Jerry D. Glover     61
Domesticating and Marketing Novel Crops   Roger R.B. Leakey     83
Tropical Agroforestry   Gotz Schroth   Maria do Socorro Souza da Mota     103
Livestock Systems   Constance L. Neely   Richard Hatfield     121
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management in Ecoagriculture Landscapes     143
Overview of Section
Designing Agricultural Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation   Celia A. Harvey     146
Pollinators   Barbara Gemmill-Herren   Connal Eardley   John Mburu   Wanja Kinuthia   Dino Martins     166
From Integrated Pest Management to Adaptive Ecosystem Management   Hans Herren   Johann Baumgartner   Gianni Gilioli     178
Watershed Management   Meine van Noordwijk   Fahmuddin Agus   Bruno Verbist   Kurniatun Hairiah   Thomas P. Tomich     191
Exploiting Ecological Disturbance   Jan Sendzimir   Zsuzsanna Flachner     213
Irrigation   David Molden   Rebecca Tharme   Iskandar Abdullaev   Ranjitha Puskur     231
Remote Sensing   Aaron Dushku   Sandra Brown   Tim Pearson   David Shock   Bill Howley     250
Institutional Foundations for Ecoagriculture     265
Overview of Section
Community Stewardship of Biodiversity   Augusta Molnar   Sara J. Scherr   Arvind Khare     268
Community Leadership in Ecoagriculture   Donato Bumacas   Delia C. Catacutan   Gladman Chibememe   Claire Rhodes     286
Planning at a Landscape Scale   William J. Jackson   Stewart Maginnis   Sandeep Sengupta     308
Research Partnerships   Thomas P. Tomich   Dagmar Timmer   Sandra J. Velarde   Cheryl A. Palm   Meine van Noordwijk   Andrew N. Gillison     322
Multistakeholder Partnerships   Minu Hemmati     344
Restructuring the Supply Chain   Edward Millard     358
Paying Farmers for Stewardship   Sara J. Scherr   Jeffrey C. Milder   Mira Inbar     378
Policy Implications and Knowledge Gaps   Jeffrey A. McNeely   Sara J. Scherr     399
About the Authors     419
Index     425
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