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Mainstreaming agrobiodiversity in sustainable food systems Scientific foundations for an agrobiodiversity index

Bioversity International, 2017, Bioversity International Rome (Italy), 180 p. ISBN: 978-92-9255-070-7


The first comprehensive scientific analysis of how agrobiodiversity can make our vulnerable food system more resilient, sustainable and nutritious has been carried out by leading agrobiodiversity research centre Bioversity International. The 200-page guide provides solid evidence that investments in agrobiodiversity also play a critical yet overlooked role in tackling wider global targets such as reducing poverty and malnutrition, reversing environmental degradation and combating climate change. It demonstrates that agrobiodiversity can be a more mainstream approach to sustainable development.

This book summarizes the most recent evidence on how to use agrobiodiversity to provide nutritious foods through harnessing natural processes. The book focuses on the following thematic areas: – Agricultural biodiversity and food system sustainability – Food biodiversity for healthy, diverse diets – Using biodiversity to provide multiple services in sustainable food systems – Seed systems for crop and tree diversity in sustainable food systems – Conserving agricultural biodiversity for use in sustainable food systems – Towards an Agrobiodiversity Index for sustainable food systems.



Eco Agri Revolution: Practical lessons and the way ahead

M. H. Mehta, 2018, NIPA, 296 p., INR 2995.00, ISBN: 9789386546197

The Sustainable Development Goals endorsed by the United Nations, put great emphasis on moving away from heavy input agricultural system to more eco-friendly and balanced farming. Eco Agriculture or Agro Ecology is the approach capable of producing enough food and accessible food without harming the environment.

This book is about moving from ‘Know How’ to ‘Do How’ and brings about rich experience in industrial research and farm scale demonstrations in different parts of the world to show the practical aspects of Eco Agriculture. Theory and practice and recent developments in the areas of Bio Fertilizers, Bio Pesticides, and Bio Composts and agrowaste management form important base for Eco Agriculture practices. The global scenario of industrial development and future trends are discussed.

Developments and field experiences in Bio shield, Water use efficiencies, ICT, Rehabilitation post disasters like Earth Quake and Tsunami, Saline Water Agriculture and River Revival Projects, Urban agriculture and their common link for Eco Agriculture Revolution makes the book especially significant. Finally, the Author describes the ‘Way Ahead’ for Eco Agri Revolution including aspects of Soil and Waters and COP 22. The conviction about the coming Eco Agri Revolution and planning and implementation for a sustainable future are the final thoughts that makes this book extremely valuable to the current and future generations.

The State of Food and Agriculture – 2017 Leveraging Food Systems for Inclusive Rural Transformations

FAO, October 2017, 178 p., ISBN 978-92-5-109873-8

One of the greatest challenges today is to end hunger and poverty while making agriculture and food systems sustainable. The challenge is daunting because of continued population growth, profound changes in food demand, and the threat of mass migration of rural youth in search of a better life. This report presents strategies that can leverage the potential of food systems to become the engine of inclusive economic development and rural prosperity in low-income countries. It analyses the structural and rural transformations now under way, and examines the opportunities and challenges they present to millions of small-scale food producers. It shows how an “agroterritorial” planning approach, focused on connecting cities and towns and their surrounding rural areas, combined with agro-industrial and infrastructure development can generate income opportunities throughout the food sector and underpin sustainable and inclusive rural transformation.