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Environment & Development Series no. 9

The Case for Sustainable Agriculture: Meeting Productivity and Climate Challenges

By Lim Li Ching

Publisher: TWN (ISBN: 978-983-2729-94-5)

Year: 2009   No. of pages: 32

ABOUT THE BOOK

Chemical- and energy-intensive industrial agriculture has not only wrought environmental damage and perpetuated social inequity, but also increasingly faces the problem of stagnant yields and declining productivity. There is therefore an urgent need for ecologically, economically and socially sustainable forms of farming which will at the same time preserve the productivity of the agroecosystem.

Sustainable agriculture, which includes such practices as organic farming and agroecology, integrates natural regenerative processes, minimises non-renewable inputs and draws on traditional and local knowledge of farmers. As this paper shows, the application of sustainable agriculture methods can greatly enhance farm productivity, especially in the developing world, without harming the environment. Importantly, ecologically friendly, energy-efficient sustainable agriculture mitigates the pressing problem of climate change and also enables farmers to better respond and adapt to increased climate variability.

This paper calls for investment, research and policy support to be channelled towards sustainable agriculture in order to promote mainstream adoption of farming approaches which can more reliably feed the world now and into the future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

LIM LI CHING is a researcher with the Third World Network and coordinates its sustainable agriculture programme. She was a lead author for the East and South Asia and Pacific regional report of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). She is also a Senior Fellow of the Oakland Institute, USA.

Contents

1.      INTRODUCTION                                                                 

2.      ‘BUSINESS AS USUAL IS NO LONGER AN OPTION’

         Productivity declines: Rice as a case study                                 

3.      SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AS AN OPTION

         Sustainable agriculture is productive

         Sustainable agriculture can raise incomes

         Sustainable agriculture mitigates climate change and has climate adaptation potential              

4.      MAINSTREAMING SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

         Some recommendations


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PRICE

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US$6.00 for Third World countries

RM8.00 for Malaysia

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