Exploring Agrodiversity

Exploring Agrodiversity

Exploring Agrodiversity

Exploring Agrodiversity

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This book was started in 1993, but in its present form most of it has been written only since mid-1997. During the same period of time, I have been involved as principal scientific coordinator in a United Nations University (UNU) international project on People, Land Management and Environmental Change (PLEC). This began in a small way as a cooperative research project on small farmers' practices. PLEC has grown since 1993. After a long struggle, it gained approval as part of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) portfolio in 1997, beginning its 4year period of more ample funding in February 1998. It is a project within the Biodiversity Programme of the GEF, under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is now a demonstration project, focusing at chosen sites on ways in which farmers manage their land and its biodiversity. The project brings together about 200 scientists, together with their students and, most importantly, cooperating farmers, in Africa (Ghana, Guinea, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania), the Asia—Pacific region (China, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea), and the Americas (Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and Jamaica). This book does not arise out of that project, which will produce its own book later, but the PLEC job and this book have evolved hand in hand. Each has influenced the other, and to some extent each has held up the progress of the other.

The real origin of the book was at a meeting in Washington, D.C., in August 1992, which brought together several people who were interested in setting up PLEC. At one point, the discussion turned to the question of managing biodiver-

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