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 crops and animals. whereas so much educational literature emphasizes the sped up lack of biodiversity, this publication describes how huge numbers of smallholder farmers are retaining biodiversity of their farmlands and surrounds. in accordance with the fieldwork of the United countries college venture on humans, Land administration and Environmental switch (PLEC), the booklet observes how farmers use their wisdom and talents to control range and to regulate their assets conservatively and profitably. The publication highlights confident examples of source administration in Brazil, China, Ghana, Guinea, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda, Britain, the USA, Japan and Australia. those examples reveal how "agrodiversity" practices can be utilized to opposite lack of biodiversity, keep an eye on land degradation and enhance small farmers' livelihoods, and the way they can be effectively utilized to different occasions.

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Work in Ghana, Brazil, Peru, and Tanzania was in 1998 already focusing on differences between individual farmers. In China, where the individual farmer as decision-maker is, in the modern context, only a post-1982 phenomenon, biodiversity assessment itself was further restructured in 1999 to survey separately the land of individual households (Guo et al. 2000). Members of the biodiversity advisory group visited clusters in East and West Africa, Mexico, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea. 10 BROOKFIELD Development of demonstration sites was not as simple as changing survey and assessment methods.

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