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About this book
About this book
Provides in-depth analysis of agricultural diversity and explores its history, using case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific. Also considers the effect of the "gene revolution" on small farmers and reviews the effects of the "green revolution" in Asian countries. In conclusion, it questions whether the diverse agricultural practices employed by small farmers can survive modern pressures and the global ambitions of the biotechnology industry.
IntroductionPart I. Presenting Agrodiversity 1. Presenting Diversity by Example: Mintima and Bayninan2. Diversity, Stress, and OpportunityPart II. Diversity Within Rotational Land Systems 3. Defining, Describing, and Writing About AgrodiversityPart III. Paths of Transformation 4. Learning About the History of AgrodiversityPart IV. The Future of Agrodiversity 5. Understanding Soils and Soil--Plant Dynamics6. Analyzing Shifting Cultivation7. Alternative Ways to Farm Parsimonious Soils8. Managing Plants in the Fallow and the Forest9. Coping with Problems: Degraded Land, Slope Dynamics, and Flood10. Who Has Driven Agricultural Change?11. Farmer-Driven Transformation in Modern Times12. The Green Revolution13. Recent Trends in Agriculture14. Science, Farmers, and PoliticsEpilogue: Looking at the FutureReferences
Harold Brookfield is professor emeritus at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies of the Australian National University. He has written several books, including Land Degradation and Society.