Agroecology, Ecosystems and Sustainability in the Tropics

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G. Poyyamoli,
2017, xxvi+382pp
Hardcover, 9789385883187
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Tropical ecosystems are some of the most biologically and ecologically diverse in the world. Traditional, local agroecosystems in the tropics reflect this diversity, and provide excellent examples of how nature can be used as the model for designing and managing sustainable agroecosystems. This book brings together such examples. Using an agroecological approach, the collection of chapters demonstrates how agroecology must simultaneously be a science, a practice, and a movement for social change towards a paradigm of sustainability that engages all parts of the food system, from the field to the table. Chapter contributors were selected from multiple countries and backgrounds, providing a valuable diversity of approaches and knowledge systems, and the interaction of these systems gives this book the important transdisciplinarity that has become a key component of agroecology. Working across disciplines and knowledge systems is necessary in order to link the multiple components of food systems that promote effective change. As food systems return to the diversity, complexity, and resilience they once had, it is collections of experiences as presented in this book that provide examples of the path we must be on.

Steve Gliessman, Professor Emeritus of Agroecology, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA.

 

The inter-connection of social, economic and natural processes is of primary consideration for the development of sustainable farming systems. This is an expanding area of knowledge and a plethora of scholarly studies evaluating this inter-connection in different parts of the world is coming up. Deriving practically useful inferences from these studies and making them available to the practitioners and civil society in an easy to understand form is of high value. In this context, this book is an appreciable and timely step in the right direction as it covers an inspiring range of topics in a comprehensible form. This book would be equally useful for students, practitioners, policy makers and various stakeholders in the civil society who are interested to expand their knowledge on agroecology. I owe my deepest sense of gratitude to Dr. G. Poyyamoli for the substantial effort he has undertaken and to the authors of different chapters for their inspiring contributions.

Dr. Gurbir S. Bhullar, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Switzerland.

G. Poyyamoli, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences and Coordinator, Campus Sustainability Cell, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India.

Foreword
Dr. Olivier De Schutter

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Prologue: An Overview of Agroecology in the Tropics
G. Poyyamoli

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1 A Brief History of Agroecology in the Tropics and Its Socio-ecological Implications in the Context of Climate Change
Alan Rosenberg

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2 Agroecology A Multifunctional Approach to Sustain Natural Resources: Productivity and Food Security in India
Bollempalli Gangaiah

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3 Bio-Intensive Farming System Potentials and Constraints in the Context of Agro-Ecology in the Tropics
Binayak P. Rajbhandari

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4 Pollination Crises in the Agroecosystems of the Tropics: Challenges and Way Forward
Parthiba Basu, Ritam Bhattacharya, Priyadarshini Chakrabarti

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5 The Socio-Ecological Impacts of Transgenic Crops and Livestock Breeds in the Tropics
Henna Hamadani, Azmat Alam Khan

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6 Folk Rice Varieties, Traditional Knowledge and Nutritional Security in South Asia*
Debal Deb

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7 Blending Traditional Agroecological Knowledge with Smart Agricultural Strategies Can Feed the World
Andriantahina Rakotondralambo

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8 Agro-ecology and Sustainable Supply Chains-Design Principles for India
Ramanjaneyulu GV, Radha Rani K

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9 The Design and Implementation of Agroecological Strategies for Urban and Periurban Farming in the Tropics: A Case Study of Havana, Cuba
Carey Clouse

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10 Agro-Ecological Interventions in Arid Production Systems
Arun K. Sharma

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11 The Human Elements of Agroecology: A Comparison of Two Contrasting Systems of Paddy Cultivation – Green Revolution Agriculture (GRA) Versus System of Rice Intensification (SRI)
Joan P Mencher and Daniel Schneider

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12 Agroecology and Agricultural Sovereignty Sustainable Initiatives in Production, Marketing and Consumption in India – A Case Study of Sanghams
Ashok Kumbamu

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13 Scalingup Agroecological Approaches
Ashlesha Khadse, Peter M. Rosset

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Epilogue – Agro-ecology in the tropics – future perspectives
G.Poyyamoli

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Bibliography
Selected Web links on Agro-ecology
Glossary
Index