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Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity: Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity


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This series of books is published by Earthscan in association with Bioversity International. The aim of the series is to review the current state of knowledge in topical issues associated with agricultural biodiversity, to identify gaps in our knowledge base, to synthesize lessons learned and to propose future research and development actions. The overall objective is to increase the sustainable use of biodiversity in improving people’s well-being and food and nutrition security. The series’ scope is all aspects of agricultural biodiversity, ranging from conservation biology of genetic resources through social sciences to policy and legal aspects. It also covers the fields of research, education, communication and coordination, information management and knowledge sharing.

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Tropical Fruit Tree Diversity: Good practices for in situ and on-farm conservation

Tropical Fruit Tree Diversity: Good practices for in situ and on-farm conservation

1st Edition

Bhuwon Sthapit, Hugo Lamers, Ramanatha Rao, Arwen Bailey
February 07, 2019

Farmers have developed a range of agricultural practices to sustainably use and maintain a wide diversity of crop species in many parts of the world. This book documents good practices innovated by farmers and collects key reviews on good practices from global experts, not only from the case...

Farmers' Crop Varieties and Farmers' Rights: Challenges in Taxonomy and Law

Farmers' Crop Varieties and Farmers' Rights: Challenges in Taxonomy and Law

1st Edition

Michael Halewood
March 21, 2016

Over the last 50 years there has been a growing appreciation of the important role that farmers play in the development and conservation of crop genetic diversity, and the contribution of that diversity to agro-ecosystem resilience and food security. This book examines policies that aim to increase...

Community Seed Banks: Origins, Evolution and Prospects

Community Seed Banks: Origins, Evolution and Prospects

1st Edition

Ronnie Vernooy, Pitambar Shrestha, Bhuwon Sthapit
May 14, 2015

Community seed banks first appeared towards the end of the 1980s, established with the support of international and national non-governmental organizations. This book is the first to provide a global review of their development and includes a wide range of case studies.  Countries that...

Diversifying Food and Diets: Using Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Health

Diversifying Food and Diets: Using Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Health

1st Edition

Jessica Fanzo, Danny Hunter, Teresa Borelli, Federico Mattei
April 03, 2013

Currently 868 million people are undernourished and 195 million children under five years of age are stunted. At the same time, over 1 billion people are overweight and obese in both the developed and developing world. Diseases previously associated with affluence, such as cancer, diabetes and...

Community Biodiversity Management: Promoting resilience and the conservation of plant genetic resources

Community Biodiversity Management: Promoting resilience and the conservation of plant genetic resources

1st Edition

Walter Simon de Boef, Abishkar Subedi, Nivaldo Peroni, Marja Thijssen, Elizabeth O'Keeffe
March 04, 2013

The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are issues that have been high on the policy agenda since the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. As part of efforts to implement in situ conservation, a methodology referred to as community biodiversity management (CBM) has been developed by...

Crop Genetic Resources as a Global Commons: Challenges in International Law and Governance

Crop Genetic Resources as a Global Commons: Challenges in International Law and Governance

1st Edition

Michael Halewood, Isabel Lopez Noriega, Selim Louafi
November 12, 2012

Farmers have engaged in collective systems of conservation and innovation – improving crops and sharing their reproductive materials – since the earliest plant domestications. Relatively open flows of plant germplasm attended the early spread of agriculture; they continued in the wake of (and were...

Plant Genetic Resources and Food Security: Stakeholder Perspectives on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Plant Genetic Resources and Food Security: Stakeholder Perspectives on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

1st Edition

Christine Frison, Francisco Lopez, Jose Esquinas-Alcazar
July 26, 2011

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) is a pivotal piece of recent legislation, providing a route map for the use of such resources for sustainable agriculture and food security. Plant Genetic Resources and Food Security explains clearly the...

Crop Wild Relatives: A Manual of in situ Conservation

Crop Wild Relatives: A Manual of in situ Conservation

1st Edition

Danny Hunter, Vernon Heywood
December 21, 2010

Crop wild relatives (CWR) are plant species which are more or less closely related to crops. They are a vital resource by providing a pool of genetic variation that can be used in breeding new and better adapted varieties of crops that are resistant to stress, disease, drought and other factors....

The Economics of Managing Crop Diversity On-farm: Case studies from the Genetic Resources Policy Initiative

The Economics of Managing Crop Diversity On-farm: Case studies from the Genetic Resources Policy Initiative

1st Edition

Edilegnaw Wale, Adam G. Drucker, Kerstin K. Zander
November 24, 2010

The purpose of this book is to assess a variety of economic issues as they relate to agro-biodiversity and show how addressing these issues can assist in agro-biodiversity policy-making. This is illustrated using empirical data from some of the countries (Ethiopia, Nepal and Zambia) which are part...

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