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Sustainable Agricultural Development: Recent Approaches in Resources Management and Environmentally-Balanced Production Enhancement

Explores rethinking agricultural development for sustainability
Addresses relevant problems in all their complexity
Describes best management practices pertaining to land, water and livestock
Reports relevant experiences from developed and developing countries

By: Mohamed Behnassi (Editor), Shabbir A Shahid (Editor), Joyce D'Silva (Editor)

318 pages, 20 colour illustrations, 23 tables

Springer-Verlag

Paperback | Nov 2014 | #225077 | ISBN-13: 9789400790377
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Hardback | Feb 2011 | #190365 | ISBN-13: 9789400705180
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About this book

Due to many challenges (i.e. climate change, energy, water and land shortage, high demands on food, land grabbing, etc.), agriculture production potential is expected to be seriously affected; thus, increasing food insecurity and hunger in many already affected regions (especially in Africa). In this context, sustainable agriculture is highly recommended as an eco-system approach where soil, water, plants, environment and living organisms live in harmony. Innovative technologies and research should be developed to ensure sustainable agriculture and productivity using modern irrigation systems, improved varieties, improved soil quality, etc.

In the meantime, the preservation of natural environment should be based on resource conservation technologies and best management practices. Sustainable Agricultural Development, not only raises the serious ethical and social issues underlying these huge environmental problems, but also aims at presenting successful experiences from all over the world in relation with sustainable farming, sustainable management of water and land resources, and innovative processes in livestock production.

Sustainable Agricultural Development also aims at providing inputs to decision making processes and encouraging the transfer of relevant know-how, technologies and expertise to different countries where similar agro-climatic conditions may exist; thus saving precious resources and promoting sustainable agricultural development as a relevant approach to tackle the food security challenge. Finally, this book focuses on the paradigmatic and policy dimensions and call for an innovative approach by analyzing the key themes in a complex and interrelated manner.


Contents

List of acronyms and abbreviations
List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgments

Part I Sustainable use of land resources as a potential for sustainable agricultural development
Chapter 1: Land resource governance from a sustainability and rural development perspective
Chapter 2: Land-grabbing and potential implications for world food security
Chapter 3: Turning adversity into advantage for food security through improving soil quality and providing production systems for marginal saline lands: ICBA perspectives and approach
Chapter 4: Development of new technological approach to mitigate salinization
Chapter 5: Reforestation - Quality improvement of contaminated mining soil
Chapter 6: A policy framework for sustainable utilisation of farmland for Waterberg District Municipality in South Africa
Chapter 7: The zooecological remediation of technogen faulted soil in industrial region of Ukraine Steppe Zone
Chapter 8: Transcultural gardens - A proposal for exploitation of urban voids as intensively productive land and as a method of urbanization of minorities. Case studies demonstrating design tools and managing methodology

Part II Sustainable management of water resources as a prerequisite for sustainable agriculture development
Chapter 9: Sustainable rural development and participatory approach by on-farm water management techniques
Chapter 10: Sustainable water management for irrigated rice production
Chapter 11: Reduction of water losses by use of alternative irrigation techniques in the Aral Sea Drainage Basin


Part III Recent innovative processes in agricultural production
Chapter 12: Use of surface modified inorganic nano materials as slow release nitrogen fertilizer
Chapter 13: Organic fertilizer use in Northeastern Thailand: An analysis of some factors affecting farmers' attitudes
Chapter 14: Imitating nature to enrich waste with new values and use it as a new resource

Part IV Recent innovative processes in livestock production
Chapter 15: Farm animal breeding: The implications of existing and new technologies
Chapter 16: Animal husbandry in focus of sustainability
Chapter 17: Effect of urea treated sorghum stover supplemented with local protein sources on the performance of sheep
Chapter 18: Evaluation of spineless cactus (Opuntia ficus-indicus) as an alternative feed and water source for animals during dry season in Eritrea
Chapter 19: Comparative feeding value of halophyte as alternative animal feed for small ruminants in Eritrea
Chapter 20: The Effect of feeding ensilages of poultry litter with left over bread on the body weight of barka cattle

Postface
Notes on contributors
Author index
Subject index


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