Agricultural Biodiversity and Livelihoods: issues and entry points

Agricultural Biodiversity and Livelihoods: issues and entry points

Biodiversity through the lens of the Sustainable Livelihoods approach

This report reviews policy issues related to the maintenance of biodiversity in agricultural production, focusing on the effects on poor farmers.

It provides suggestions for a newer approach to biodiversity, less reliant on industrial-type inputs - such as pesticides, fertilisers, and more aimed at the changing farming systems, with greater involvement of the farmers and at community-levels.

Issues covered include:

  • crop diversity
  • plant breeding
  • methods for calculating biodiversity values
  • implications for national and international research systems
  • implications for donors
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