Agrodiversity: Learning from Farmers across the World

Agrodiversity: Learning from Farmers across the World

Agrodiversity: Learning from Farmers across the World

Agrodiversity: Learning from Farmers across the World

Synopsis

This publication considers the contributions of smallholder farmers throughout the world towards conserving biodiversity in their farmland and surrounding areas. It is based on the fieldwork of the United Nations University project on 'People, Land Management and Environmental Change' (PLEC) which focused on how farmers have used their resource management knowledge and skills to promote a rich diversity of plants and animals.

Excerpt

The United Nations University is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. the University's academic activities are coordinated and carried out by the unu Centre at Tokyo and the research and training centres/programmes located in 17 different places in the world, as well as through a global network of associated and cooperating institutions and scholars. the unu groups its work within two major thematic areas – Peace and Governance and Environment and Sustainable Development. the Environment and Sustainable Development (ESD) programme area focuses on the interactions between human activities and the natural environment, in particular the challenges facing developing countries. This book results from one of the esd projects – the unu project on People, Land Management, and Environmental Change (PLEC), which involves a collaborative effort between scientists and smallholder farmers across the developing world.

Founded in 1992, with Global Environment Facility (GEF) support from 1998 to 2002, and with the United Nations Environment Programme as implementing agency and unu as executing agency, plec brought together the best of scientists and smallholder farmers for identification, evaluation, and promotion of small-scale farmers' resource management systems and practices that conserve ecological processes and embrace biodiversity for generating income and coping with changes in social and nat . . .

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