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Squeezed: Life in a time of food price volatility

Squeezed: Life in a time of food price volatility

This report analyses what the accumulation of price rises means for development and well-being in developing countries, and what can be done in response.

Date published: September 2013

The great African land grab?

The great African land grab?

Lorenzo Cotula shrewdly and lucidly examines whether the now well publicised (and usually vilified) acquisition of land by foreign interests is always to the disadvantage of Africa.

Date published: August 2013

Bankrupting nature: Denying our planetary boundaries

Bankrupting nature: Denying our planetary boundaries

Bankrupting nature describes nine planetary boundaries that we should be aware of if we are to live in harmony on Earth. The authors also examine why society persists in lifestyles that imminently risk very great harm to civilization.

Date published: July 2013

Africa's future - Can biosciences contribute?

Africa's future - Can biosciences contribute?

With the need for more food produced in a sustainable way to feed a rapidly expanding global population, this book calls for African farmers to combine their expert local knowledge with recent advances in biosciences.

Date published: July 2013

Ocean of life: How our seas are changing

Ocean of life: How our seas are changing

Callum Roberts uses his lifetime's experience working with the oceans to show how we are fishing them to extinction and how this directly affects our lives on land. Ninety-five percent of habitable space on earth lies in the oceans, and marine plants produce half the world's oxygen; the oceans themselves absorb vast quantities of carbon dioxide. The life they support is now in the balance.

Date published: June 2013

Diversifying food and diets: Using agricultural biodiversity to improve nutrition and health

Diversifying food and diets: Using agricultural biodiversity to improve nutrition and health

Diversifying Food and Diets explores the current state of knowledge on the role of biodiversity - including crops, livestock and fish - in improving diets, nutrition and food security. It also discusses the enabling environment needed to support research in the area, including measuring impact.

Date published: June 2013

What has nature ever done for us?

What has nature ever done for us?

Tony Juniper has written this book to awaken those who don't know, and those who should know better, how close we are to irretrievably degrading the foundation on which society and its economy is based. The message is, of course, about more than agriculture, fisheries and forestry, though it is salutary how frequently the biology-based industries are implicated for both the benefits they provide and the damage they incur.

Date published: May 2013

Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security

Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security

This book assesses the potential of insects as food and feed as one major and readily available source of nutritious and protein-rich food.

Date published: May 2013

UNEP year book 2013: Emerging issues in our global environment

UNEP year book 2013: Emerging issues in our global environment

This annual report from the United Nations Environment Programme examines emerging environmental issues while providing an overview of the latest trends using environmental indicators.

Date published: April 2013

Water harvesting in sub-Saharan Africa

Water harvesting in sub-Saharan Africa

Reviewing progress in water harvesting techniques to support rainfed agriculture in eight sub-Saharan African countries, the authors explore the factors behind adoption and suggest a plan of action to expand the best practices.

Date published: April 2013

 

 

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