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NEW BOOKS

Agroecology Now! Transformations Towards More Just and Sustainable Food Systems.

Anderson, C.R., Bruil, J., Chappell, M.J., Kiss, C., and Pimbert, M.P.,2021, Palgrave MacMillan, 199 p., ISBN 978-3-030-61315-0

This open access book published by Palgrave develops a framework for advancing agroecology transformations focusing on power, politics and governance. It explores the potential of agroecology as a sustainable and socially just alternative to today’s dominant food regime. Agroecology is an ecological approach to farming that addresses climate change and biodiversity loss while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. Agroecology transformations represent a challenge to the power of corporations in controlling food system and a rejection of the industrial food systems that are at the root of many social and ecological ills.

In this book the authors analyse the conditions that enable and disable agroecology’s potential and present six ‘domains of transformation’ where it comes into conflict with the dominant food system. This book will be a valuable resource to researchers, students, policy makers and professionals across multidisciplinary areas including in the fields of food politics, international development, sustainability and resilience.

Promoting Biodiversity in Food Systems

 Irana W. Hawkins (Ed.), 2020, CRC Press, 384 p. ISBN 9780367732974, Paperback£52.99, Hardback£150.00, eBook£135.00

Biodiversity of the food system is crucial for food production and loss of biodiversity is a pressing issue. This book focuses on biodiversity’s crucial role in food systems, health and well-being, and fate of the natural environment. It provides practical recommendations on how proper food systems can sustain a healthier planet and protect biodiversity. Sections provide a comprehensive understanding of the urgent need for promoting biodiversity-promoting food systems that help maintain planetary boundaries that are at risk; mimic the natural processes of highly integrated ecosystems; and improve human/planetary health while providing a wholesome and sufficient food supply.

Agricultural Development: New Perspectives in a Changing World 

Keijiro Otsuka and Shenggen Fan (Ed), 2021, International Food Policy Research Institute, 766 p., ISBN-10 : 0896293831

Agricultural Development: New Perspectives in a Changing World is the first comprehensive exploration of key emerging issues facing developing-country agriculture today, from rapid urbanization to rural transformation to climate change. Top experts offer the latest research in the field of agricultural development, addressing topics such as nutrition and health, gender and household decision-making, agrifood value chains, natural resource management, and political economy. The book also covers most developing regions, providing a critical global perspective at a time when many pressing challenges extend beyond national borders. With its unprecedented breadth and scope, this textbook will be an indispensable resource for the next generation of policymakers, researchers, and students dedicated to improving agriculture for global wellbeing.