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Fighting poverty, hunger and malnutrition with neglected and underutilized speciesFighting poverty, hunger and malnutrition with neglected and underutilized species

Stefano Padulosi, Judith Thompson and Per Rudebjer, 2013, Bioversity International, 60 p., ISBN 978-92-9043-941-7

Despite getting little attention from researchers, crop breeders and policymakers, neglected and underutilised plant species (NUS) play a vital role in household nutrition for millions of families. This short, attractively presented guide outlines their value to food security, food system resilience, nutrition, livelihoods and cultural identity, drawing on success stories from around the world.

The book also sets out the key challenges facing NUS, including climate change, loss of knowledge and genetic diversity, lack of research, poor competitiveness and lack of infrastructure, and inappropriate policies and programmes. The book outlines eight separate actions that are required to achieve this, including: changing perceptions of NUS as unimportant ‘poor man’s food’; developing capacity in researching, teaching, policymaking, trading and farming; undertaking more research on NUS; setting up global on-farm NUS conservation programmes; and finding innovative ways to upgrade NUS market chains and develop and market value added products.

Food Security and DevelopmentFood Security and Development

Country Case Studies

Udaya Sekhar Nagothu, © 2015, Routledge, 274 p., £85.00, 9781138817012

The global food system is characterized by large numbers of people experiencing food insecurity and hunger on the one hand, and vast amounts of food waste and overconsumption on the other. This book brings together experiences from different countries addressing the challenges associated with food security. Seen through various disciplinary lenses the different cases included are countries at various stages of food security, with diverse stories of success as well as failures in their efforts. China, Brazil and India, as well as less developed countries in Africa and Asia, such as Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Myanmar, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

The authors pay special attention to the environmental and socio-economic challenges in the respective chapters and how they contribute to food insecurity. Each of the case studies identifies and analyzes which factors or drivers (environmental, economic, policy, technology, markets) have been the most powerful shapers of the food system and their future impact. Overall, the book provides insights in order to foster a greater understanding of the issues surrounding food security and support progress towards the goal of a sustainable food system for all.

Tropical Fruit Tree DiversityTropical Fruit Tree Diversity

Good practices for in situ and on-farm conservation

Bhuwon Sthapit, Hugo A.H. Lamers, V. Ramanatha Rao, Arwen Bailey (Eds.),
© 2016, Routledge,456 p., Hardback, ISBN: 9781138781276

Farmers have developed a range of agricultural practices to sustainably use and maintain a wide diversity of crop species in many parts of the world. This book documents good practices innovated by farmers and collects key reviews on good practices from global experts, not only from the case study countries but also from Brazil, China and other parts of Asia and Latin America.

Drawing on experiences from a UNEP-GEF project on “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wild and Cultivated Tropical Fruit Tree Diversity for Promoting Livelihoods, Food Security and Ecosystem Services”, with case studies from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, the authors show how methods for identifying good practices are still evolving and challenges in scaling-up remain. They identify key principles effective as a strategy for mainstreaming good practice into development efforts.