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The real cost of cheap food

The real cost of cheap food

The real cost of cheap food is a thought provoking and timely book and one that also offers a range of options for changing food production and consumer eating habits to strive for a better matching of sustainable production with demand.

Date published: November 2011

Small farmers, big change: Scaling up impact in smallholder agriculture

Small farmers, big change: Scaling up impact in smallholder agriculture

Eight case studies from Asia, Latin America and Africa explore the process of achieving large scale impact in support of smallscale agriculture. Empowering individuals and civil society organisations, in order to influence policy making and funding decisions from the bottom up, is a key component.

Date published: November 2011

Transforming landscapes, transforming lives

Transforming landscapes, transforming lives

This book uses 12 case studies to highlight how to transform landscapes, economies and lives through sustainable land management and the development of water buffers.

Date published: October 2011

Forest health - An integrated perspective

Forest health - An integrated perspective

The definition and understanding of what is meant by 'forest health' would appear self-evident but there has been no widely accepted and clear definition of the term. Forest health - an integrated perspective is a comprehensive attempt to correct this deficiency in forestry management.

Date published: October 2011

Cocoa futures

Cocoa futures

Cocoa futures documents how hundreds of thousands of cocoa farmers in Indonesia have seen their incomes and yields double and how these lessons are being used to revitalise the cocoa industry in other countries.

Date published: October 2011

The fish on your plate

The fish on your plate

Paul Greenberg brilliantly weaves together the stories of the four fish species most consumed globally, their life cycles in the wild and as farmed animals, the threats to their future survival and how rising demand for fish can be coupled with protecting this natural resource.

Date published: September 2011

The new scramble for Africa

The new scramble for Africa

Padraig Carmody examines the reasons behind the new scramble for Africa and its nature and impacts. And he looks at 'the paradox of plenty': a resource-rich country that is economically poor.

Date published: September 2011

Building climate change resilience for African livestock in sub-Saharan Africa

Building climate change resilience for African livestock in sub-Saharan Africa

Livestock-based livelihoods in Africa are vulnerable to climate change, but the authors argue that livestock have the potential to strengthen the climate resilience of smallholder farmers and pastoralists.

Date published: September 2011

The great disruption

The great disruption

Paul Gilding examines climate change and the economic crisis - two major threats to society and civilisation - and predicts that, if unresolved, together they will inevitably result in a great disruption.

Date published: September 2011

Biofuels, land grabbing and food security in Africa

Biofuels, land grabbing and food security in Africa

With Africa particularly vulnerable to food shortage and with a high proportion of Africans still dependent on agriculture, the authors provide clear and objective analysis of the interactions and implications of biofuel production, land acquisition by foreigners and food security.

Date published: August 2011

 

 

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