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Cultivating Biodiversity

Edited By Harold Brookfield
ISBN: 9781853394935
The book draws on the experience of farmers' own enterprises, combining superior production along with enhancement of biological diversity. It is based on work in 12 countries with collaborating scientists and farmers, showing how its authors perceive and quantitatively analyse agrodiversity, and how they work together with farmers.

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  • Synopsis
    The United Nations University project on People, Land Management and Environmental Change (PLEC) has used the traditional skills of smallholder farmers - for cultivating their crops, managing the soil, water and vegetation and maintaining their livelihoods in difficult circumstances - to produce this book. Arguably, these farmers have conserved and even created more biological diversity and more economically important species than all protected areas combined. The book draws on the experience of demonstration sites that are the farmers' own enterprises, combining superior production along with enhancement of biological diversity. It is based on work in 12 countries with more than 200 collaborating scientists and about 2500 collaborating farmers, showing how its authors perceive and quantitatively analyse agrodiversity, and how they work together with farmers. This book will be of interest to all concerned with sustainable development, global change issues and participatory approaches to conservation with rural people. Published in collaboration with the United Nations University.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Contents, Introductory note and acknowledgements, Figures, Tables, Boxes, Acronyms and Abbreviations)
    PART I - UNDERSTANDING AND ANALYSING AGRICULTURAL DIVERSITY
    1. Cultivating biodiversity: setting the scene
    Harold Brookfield, Christine Padoch, Helen Parsons and Michael Stocking
    2. Agrodiversity and agrobiodiversity
    Harold Brookfield
    3. Agrodiversity at the scales of farm and landscape
    Harold Brookfield
    4. Agrodiversity, environmental protectoin and sustaining rural livelihoods: the global view
    Michael Stocking
    5. Guidelines on agrodiversity assessment
    Harold Brookfield, Michael Stocking and Muriel Brookfield
    6. Guidelines on the assessment of plant species diversity in agricultural landscapes
    Daniel J. Zarin, Guo Huijun and Lewis Enu-Kwesi
    7. Household Level Agrobiodiversity Assessment (HH-ABA)
    Guo Huijun, Christine Padoch, Fu Yongneng, Dao Zhiling and Kevin Coffey
    8. Quantitative methods for the analysis of agrodiversity
    Kevin Coffrey
    PART II - FOCUS ON PEOPLE
    9. Spotting expertise in a diverse and dynamic landscape
    Christine Padoch
    10. PLEC demonstration activities: a review of procedures and experiences
    Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez, Edwin A. Gyasi and Kevin Coffey
    11. Indigenous knowledge in space and time
    Kojo Sebastian Amanor
    12. Working with farmers is not simple: the case of PLEC Tanzania
    Fidelis B. S. Kaihura
    13. Genesis and purpose of the women farmers’ group at Jachie, central Ghana
    William Oduro
    PART III - AGRODIVERSITY CASE STUDIES
    14. Agrodiversity assessment and analysis in diverse and dynamic small-scale farms in Arumeru, Arusha, Tanzania
    Fidelis B. S. Kaihura, Paulo Ndondi and Edward Kemikimba
    15. Biodiversity as a product of smallholders responses to change in Amazonia
    Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez, Christine Padoch, David McGrath and Tereza Ximenes-Ponte
    16. From forests to field: incorporating smallholder knowledge in the camu-camu programme in Peru
    Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez and Mario Pinedo-Panduro
    17. Sustainable management of an Amazonian forest for timber production : a myth or reality?
    Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez and Fernando Rabelo
    18. Diversity of upland rice and of wild vegetables in Baka, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan
    Fu Yongneng and Chen Aiguo
    19. Evaluation of the cultivation of Ammomum villosum under tropical forest in southern Yunnan
    Guan Yuquin, Dao Zhiling and Cui Jingyun
    20. Diversity at household level in wet-rice fields at Daka, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan
    Fu Yongneng, Guo Huijun, Chen Aiguo and Cui Jingyun
    21. Promoting sustainable agriculture: the case of Baihualing, Yunnan
    Dao Zhiling, Du Xiaohong, Guo Huijun, Liang Luohui and Li Yingguang
    22. Intensification and diversification of land use in the highlands of northern Thailand
    Kanok Rerkasem, Charal Thong-Ngarn, Chawalit Korsamphan, Narit Yimyam and Benjavan Rerkasem
    23. Improvement of production and livelihood in the Fouta Djallon, Republique de Guinee
    I. Boiro, A.K. Barry, A. Diallo, S. Fofana, F. Mara, A. Balde, M.A. Kane and O. Barry
    22. Traditional forms of conserving biodiversity within agriculture: their changing character in Ghana.
    Edwin A. Gyasi
    PART IV - THE WAY FORWARD
    23. The message from People, Land Management and Environmental Change (PLEC)
    Harold Brookfield
    Back Matter (Contributors, Notes, References, Index)
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    Editor Harold Brookfield
    Number of Pages 304
    Format Paperback / softback