Sustainable agriculture is based on the sustainable use of natural resources land, water and agricultural biodiversity, including that of plants and animals. The sustainable use of these, in turn, requires that their ownership and control lie with decentralised agricultural communities to generate livelihoods, provide food and conserve natural resources. These three dimensions of ecological security, livelihood security and food security are the essential elements of an agriculture policy which is sustainable and equitable. This book shows how the processes of globalization threaten to undermine all three dimensions, and calls for immediate action.
This book will appeal to a diverse audience as it pushes for a worldview that prioritizes ecological principles over free trade economics as the guiding framework for the development of agri-food systems. The strength of this book lies in its ability to bridge the gap between research, policy, and practice. It succesfully utilizes scientific research to promote an activist agenda particularly evident in the inclusion of an appendix that details 'The People's Charter for Food Security.' -- Caroline Manion
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