Exploring Agrodiversity by Harold Brookfield

Exploring Agrodiversity

byHarold Brookfield

Kobo ebook | May 7, 2001

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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.

Harold Brookfield is professor emeritus at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies of the Australian National University. He has written several books, including Land Degradation and Society.
Title:Exploring AgrodiversityFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 7, 2001Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231501129

ISBN - 13:9780231501125


Table of Contents

Part I. Presenting Agrodiversity
1. Presenting Diversity by Example: Mintima and Bayninan
2. Diversity, Stress, and Opportunity
Part II. Diversity Within Rotational Land Systems
3. Defining, Describing, and Writing About Agrodiversity
Part III. Paths of Transformation
4. Learning About the History of Agrodiversity
Part IV. The Future of Agrodiversity
5. Understanding Soils and Soil--Plant Dynamics
6. Analyzing Shifting Cultivation
7. Alternative Ways to Farm Parsimonious Soils
8. Managing Plants in the Fallow and the Forest
9. Coping with Problems: Degraded Land, Slope Dynamics, and Flood
10. Who Has Driven Agricultural Change?
11. Farmer-Driven Transformation in Modern Times
12. The Green Revolution
13. Recent Trends in Agriculture
14. Science, Farmers, and Politics
Epilogue: Looking at the Future

Editorial Reviews

[T]his is an interesting book and would be a worthwhile addition to any personal or academic library just for a range of case studies alone.... There is a fascinating range of examples of variations on the themes of human adaptability and landscape change.