Agrodiversity: Learning from Farmers Across the World by H. C. Brookfield, Helen Parsons, Muriel Brookfield, Land

By H. C. Brookfield, Helen Parsons, Muriel Brookfield, Land Management and Environmental Change Project on People

Via generations of innovation and scan, smallholder farms (cultivated items of land smaller than 50 acres) have nurtured a wealthy range of either wild and household vegetation and animals. whereas such a lot educational literature emphasizes the sped up lack of biodiversity, this ebook describes how huge numbers of smallholder farmers are keeping biodiversity of their farmlands and surrounds. in response to the fieldwork of the United international locations college venture on humans, Land administration and Environmental switch (PLEC), the e-book observes how farmers use their wisdom and abilities to regulate variety and to regulate their assets conservatively and profitably. The e-book highlights confident examples of source administration in Brazil, China, Ghana, Guinea, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda, Britain, the U.S., Japan and Australia. those examples display how "agrodiversity" practices can be utilized to opposite lack of biodiversity, keep watch over land degradation and increase small farmers' livelihoods, and the way they can be effectively utilized to different occasions.

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Discussion in this chapter is focused on the means developed to achieve these objectives. It is made clear that the uptake of advised methodology 21 22 BROOKFIELD, PARSONS, AND BROOKFIELD was uneven between different clusters, especially in the period before 2000, and this unevenness is briefly discussed in a concluding section of the chapter. For most of its participants PLEC has been a voluntary activity, and uptake has had to rely on persuasion and example; no means of enforcement were available, even had they been desired.

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