By Parviz Koohafkan,Miguel A. Altieri
Contemporary agriculture is usually criticized for its business scale, opposed results on meals, rural employment and the surroundings, and its disconnectedness from nature and tradition. but there are numerous examples of conventional smaller scale platforms that experience survived the attempt of time and supply extra sustainable strategies whereas nonetheless keeping foodstuff safeguard in an period of weather switch. This e-book presents a different compilation of this forgotten agricultural background and is predicated on aim medical review and facts of the worth of those structures for current and destiny generations.
The authors check with lots of those structures as Globally vital Agricultural history platforms (GIAHS) and convey how they're concerning the techniques of background and the area historical past conference. They show how GIAHS in keeping with relations farms, conventional indigenous wisdom and agroecological ideas can give a contribution to meals and foodstuff safety and the upkeep of agro-biodiversity and environmental resilience, in addition to maintain neighborhood cultures, economies and societies.
Two giant chapters are dedicated to descriptions and checks of a few 50 examples of specified and strength GIAHS from world wide, together with rice-fish tradition in China, mountain terrace structures in Asia, espresso agroforestry in Latin the United States, irrigation platforms and land and water administration in Iran and India, pastoralism in East Africa, and the dehesa agrosilvopastoral approach of Spain and Portugal. The ebook concludes via supplying coverage and technical recommendations for sustainable agriculture and rural improvement during the enhancement of those platforms.
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