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State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet

Series: State of the World Volume: 2011

By: Worldwatch Institute

237 pages, B/w illus

Earthscan

Paperback | Jan 2011 | #188456 | ISBN-13: 9781849713528
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About this book

Over the last two years, Worldwatch's Nourishing the Planet team has travelled to 25 sub-Saharan African nations - the places where hunger is greatest - and uncovered a treasure trove of innovations from farmers' groups, private voluntary organizations, universities, and even agribusiness companies. These innovations offer global benefits - from the continent's role in preventing disastrous climate change to the way urban farmers are feeding people in cities and why even determined locavores are sustained by the crop diversity preserved by farmers thousands of miles away.

This book assesses the state of agricultural innovations from cropping methods to irrigation technology to agricultural policy with an emphasis on sustainability, diversity, and ecosystem health in the hope of guiding governments, foundations, and concerned citizens in their efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty.

'The most authoritative guide to the state of the planet.' The Guardian


Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword

Preface

State of the World: A Year in Review

1. Charting a New Path to Eliminating Hunger

FROM THE FIELD: Measuring Success in Agricultural Development

2. Moving Ecoagriculture into the Mainstream

FROM THE FIELD: Innovations in Rice Breeding in Madagascar

3. The Nutritional and Economic Potential of Vegetables

FROM THE FIELD: Developing Innovations in School Cultivation

FROM THE FIELD: The One Acre Fund Puts Farmers First

4. Getting More Crop per Drop

FROM THE FIELD: Rainwater Harvesting

5. Farmers Take the Lead in Research and Development

FROM THE FIELD: Grain Trading in Zambia

6. Africa's Soil Fertility Crisis and the Coming Famine

FROM THE FIELD: New Cassava Varieties in Zanzibar

7. Safeguarding Local Food Biodiversity

FROM THE FIELD: Threats to Animal Genetic Resources in Kenya

FROM THE FIELD: The Benefits of Solar Cookers in Senegal

8. Coping with Climate Change and Building Resilience
An Agnostic Approach to Climate Adaptation
Investing in Trees to Mitigate Climate Change
The Climate Crisis on Our Plates

FROM THE FIELD: An Evergreen Revolution for Africa

9. Post-Harvest Losses: A Neglected Field

FROM THE FIELD: Turning the Catch of the Day into Better Livelihoods

10. Feeding the Cities

FROM THE FIELD: Promoting Safer Wastewater Irrigation in West Africa

FROM THE FIELD: An Agricultural Answer to Nature's Call

11. Harnessing the Knowledge and Skills of Women Farmers

FROM THE FIELD: Using Theater to Help Women Farmers

FROM THE FIELD: What Is an Appropriate Technology?

12. Investing in Africa's Land: Crisis and Opportunity

FROM THE FIELD: Better Food Storage

13. The Missing Links: Going Beyond Production

FROM THE FIELD: Churches Moving Beyond Hunger Relief

14. Improving Food Production from Livestock

FROM THE FIELD: Small-Scale Livestock Production in Rwanda

15. A Road Map for Nourishing the Planet

Innovations in Understanding Complex Systems

Innovations in Evaluating Agricultural Development Projects

Innovations in Institutions to Support People and the Planet

Innovations in Governance

Innovations in Policy Reform

Notes

Index

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