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The world¿s food supply needs to rise significantly to meet expected increases in demand as well as the needs of the 800 million people worldwide who are presently underfed. Yet the per capita availability of natural resources, including water and arable land, is decreasing. Not only are modern agricultural methods beyond the reach of most households suffering the greatest food insecurity but also they can be ecologically damaging, relying heavily upon chemical inputs and fossil energy.
Agroecological Innovations presents a groundbreaking collection of innovative, successful and diverse approaches to agricultural development. Documented in 12 case studies, these approaches draw upon greater knowledge, skill and labour input, rather than on larger, unsustainable capital expenditure, and are shown to increase yield substantially, sometimes doubling or tripling output.
This volume presents both key concepts and operational means for reorienting agricultural efforts towards more environmentally friendly and socially desirable approaches to the pressing problem of food security in the developed as well as developing world. It is a vital guide and resource for professionals and policy makers involved in agriculture and food production as well as an important text for academics and researchers.
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