Land Resources: Now and for the Future

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Overview

Unless action is taken, the developing world will face recurrent problems of food security and conflict. This volume provides a summary and perspective of the field of land resources and suggests improvements needed to conserve resources for future generations. Coverage provides an authoritative review of the resources of soils, water, climate, forests and pastures on which agriculture depends. It assesses the interactions between land resources and wider aspects of development, including population and poverty. It provides a strong critique of current methods of assessing land degradation and placing an economic value on land. It should be read by all involved in rural development, including scientists, economists, geographers, sociologists, planners, and students of development studies.

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"Young brings together the relationships between land use and developments in the emerging world...The style and tone of the book makes it accessible to both decision makers and scholars...This excellent book sets the standard for land use studies." Choice

"...comprehensive coverage of current issues, including the interaction between cities and countryside, working with farmers, the economic value of land resources, and the interaction between population pressure, poverty, and conflict." Soil Science

"Overall this book is a valuable contribution to the literature on land resources and land resource issues. The author is to be commended for the breadth of material he has marshalled, ordered and presented logically...I have no doubt that it will be read by scientists, students and the rural development community." Geographical Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521785594
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Note on acronyms and currency; 1. Concern for land; 2. Land resource issues; 3. Resource survey and land evaluation; 4. Competition for land; 5. Working with farmers; 6. Land use planning; 7. Land degradation; 8. Global issues: climatic change and biodiversity; 9. Monitoring change: land resource indicators; 10. Costing the earth: the economic value of land resources; 11. Land management: caring for resources; 12. Research and technology; 13. Land, food and people; 14. Population, poverty and conflict; 15. Awareness, attitudes and actions; Notes; References; Index.

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