By Ernst Lutz
Agriculture in constructing nations has been remarkably efficient over the past few a long time; although, the construction degrees have been accomplished on the expense of putting extra pressure on average assets and the surroundings. This quantity brings jointly state of the art utilized, functional study concerning agriculture, improvement, and the surroundings within the constructing global. It makes an attempt to distill present wisdom and to summarize it in readable shape for improvement practitioners. the place attainable, authors use particular examples to point which methods have labored and that have no longer, lower than which stipulations, and why.
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It starts with a chapter by Lutz and others (chapter 16) that looks at soil conservation from a farmer's perspective. It argues for more empirical work that assesses the on-farm profitability of soil conservation measures and for less rhetoric. Srivastava and others (chapter 17) assess the importance of biodiversity conservation for agricultural development and propose ways to mainstream agrobiodiversity into agricultural development. Overuse and misuse of pesticides have been a major reason for negative environmental impacts connected with productivity increases.
Series. 1dc21 98-36512 CIP Page v CONTENTS Foreword Ismail Serageldin and Ian Johnson ix Contributors xi Acknowledgments xiv 1 Introduction Ernst Lutz, Hans P. Binswanger, Peter Hazell, and Alexander McCalla 1 Part I. Policy Perspectives 3 2 Integrating Environmental and Sustainability Concerns into Rural Development Policies Peter Hazell and Ernst Lutz 9 3 Policy-Induced Effects of Natural Resource Degradation: The Case of Colombia John Heath and Hans P. Binswanger 22 4 Toward more Conducive Policies for Sustainable Agriculture Jules N.
1 Because the exact boundaries of the critical limits for each type of capital are not known, "it behooves the sensible person to err on the side of caution in depleting resources (especially natural capital)" (Serageldin 1996: 8). "Weak" and "sensible" definitions of sustainability have the advantage that they do not suggest freezing or preserving all natural resources at existing levels. Rather, they permit tradeoffs between growth and environmental objectives: resources can be degraded or depleted to increase production, if compensatory investments are made in other forms of capital to sustain the stream of consumable income over time.
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