Towards sustainable agriculture

Calvo, Guillen, Fonte, Maria, Heinemann, Jack, Ishii-Eiteman, Marcia, Jiggins, Janice, Leakey, Roger, and flencovich, Cristina (2009) Towards sustainable agriculture. UNESCO-SCOPE-UNEP Policy Briefs, 8. pp. 1-6.

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Some Key Findings of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development

Significant increases in food production over the 20th century have contributed to the improvement of many farmers’ livelihoods and to economic growth.

However, the distribution of benefits from increased agricultural output has been inequitable. The gains have come with disproportionate environmental, cultural, health and social costs, depleting natural capital and degrading human well-being.

Agriculture in the 21st century will have to address crucial challenges in order to reduce global hunger, poverty and environmental harm, including climate change, by maintaining and enhancing environmental and cultural services, while increasing sustainable productivity, and safeguarding nutritional quality and the diversity of food and farming systems.

Item ID: 10744
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1998-0477
Keywords: agroforestry, multi-functional agriculture, sustainable development, smallholder agriculture, developing countries
Date Deposited: 25 May 2010 02:28
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development @ 60%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070501 Agroforestry @ 40%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8201 Forestry > 820103 Integration of Farm and Forestry @ 100%
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