Multifunctional Agriculture, Ecology and Food Security: International Perspectives

J. Ram Pillarisetti, PhD (Editor)
Kansas State University, USA

Roger Lawrey, PhD (Editor)
University of Queensland, Australia

Azman Ahmad, PhD (Editor)
Charles Sturt University, Australia

Series: Agricultural Research Updates, Agriculture Issues and Policies
BISAC: POL028000

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Multifunctional agriculture first received wide attention in 1998 when Japan, South Korea and the European Union used the term to describe the multiple environmental and social benefits derived from agriculture. However, it is developing countries that have a comparative advantage in multifunctional agriculture as it tends to be dominated by small-holder farming, low external inputs, ecologically sustainable production, family labour and in tune with local conditions. Recently, critical food security issues and rising food prices have brought the concepts of multifunctional agriculture, food sovereignty, and socio-economic and ecological sustainability to the forefront of agricultural policy.

The United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Green New Deal has noted that the current state of agricultural policies distorts agricultural profitability to the disadvantage of sustainable farming, and argues for a new incentive system of subsidies, taxes and regulations that encourage environmentally responsible behaviour in agriculture. In addition, increasing awareness is prompting consumers to demand organic, ecological and locally produced products for their benefits to health, rural vitality, environment, biodiversity and other related factors. This book comes at an important time in the development of agricultural policies especially in developing nations. It contains 23 chapters dealing with a broad spectrum of multifunctional agriculture issues, authored by leading experts and researchers in the field. It can be considered a scholarly reference work for libraries and researchers across the world and a supplementary text for courses in development, agricultural, resource and environmental economics. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

About the Authors

Introduction

Chapter 1. Multifunctional Agriculture and Wellbeing in Developing Nations
(J. Ram Pillarisetti and Clement Tisdell, Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei, and others)

Chapter 2. Economic Analysis of Consumer Behavior and Agricultural Products Based on Biodiversity Conservation Value
(Mitsuyasu Yabe, Takashi Hayashi and Bunei Nishimura, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Faculty of Agriculture,
Kyushu University, Japan, and others)
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Chapter 3. Multifunctional Agriculture in Indonesia: Agricultural Policy and Farming Systems
(Siti Jahroh, Department of Agribusiness, Faculty of Economics and Management, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia)

Chapter 4. Tropical Mountains Multifunctionality: Dendritic Appropriation of Rurality or Rhyzomic Community Resilience as Food Security Panacea
(Fausto O. Sarmiento, Ricardo O. Russo and Brandilyn Gordon, Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA, and others)

Chapter 5. Re-defining the Rural-urban Relationship through Multifunctional Peri-Urban Agriculture: The Case of Native Maize Conservation in Mexico City
(Tania Hernández-Cervantes and José-Antonio Serratos-Hernández, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and others)

Chapter 6. Youth Employment in Least Developed Countries: The Contribution of Sustainable Agriculture
(Donald L. P. Lee, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, New York, NY, USA)

Chapter 7. An Overview of Multifunctional Benefits in Relation to Small Scale Farming in China
(Xin An-jing, Zuo Zhi, Yang Song and Kuang Rong-ping, Yunnan Forestry Technological College, China, and others)

Chapter 8. The Multi-functionality of Smallholder Farming: A Case of Ethiopia
(Hailu Araya, Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) and Best Practice Association (BPA), Ethiopia)

Chapter 9. Multifunctional Agriculture in Brunei Darussalam: The Prospect of Developing Agritourism as a Diversification Strategy
(Azman Ahmad, Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies,
Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei)

Chapter 10. Multifunctional Agriculture in Sudan: Indigenous Practices and Potential Environmental and Social Roles
(Siddig El Tayeb Muneer, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, Faculty of Food and Agricultural Sciences, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia)

Chapter 11. Agriculture, Indigenous Knowledge and Rural Livelihoods in Tanzania
(Evelyne A. Lazaro, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania)

Chapter 12. Multifunctional Aquaculture in Brunei Darussalam: Potential and Policy Options
(Rafidzah Sulaiman and Roger Lawrey, Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei and others)

Chapter 13. Albanian Agriculture: Analyzing the Past to Decide for the Future
(Endrit Kullaj and Majlinda Çakalli, Agricultural University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania)

Chapter 14. Biological Control Agents for Crop Protection and Sustainability of Agro-ecosystems in Kyrgyztan
(Tinatin Doolotkeldieva, Kyrgyz-Turkish International University, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic)

Chapter 15. Multifunctional Agriculture in Sri Lanka
(J.M.R. Sarath Bandara, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei)

Chapter 16. Priorities and Capacity of Food Policy in Mongolia: The Dilemma between Ambitions and Reality
(Erdenebolor Baast and Elske van de Fliert, Centre for Sustainable Rural Development of Mongolian State University of Agriculture, Mongolia, and others)

Chapter 17. Encouraging Youth Participation in Agriculture: The Case of Brunei Darussalam
(D.H. Norulazidah P.H. Omar Alli and Haji Suhaimi Haji Ali, Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei)

Chapter 18. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security of Bangladesh – Issues and Recommendations
(Shaikh Tanveer Hossain, Friends in Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB), Bangladesh)

Chapter 19. Multifunctional and Organic Agriculture: Trade and Development Perspectives
(Sophia Twarog, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva, Switzerland)

Chapter 20. Potentials of Organic Farming in Sustaining a Rich Biodiversity and Best Conservation Practices: Opportunities for Africa
(Olugbenga O. AdeOluwa, Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria)

Chapter 21. Multifunctionality of Organic Agriculture in Romania
(Maria Toader, Gheorghe Valentin Roman, Lenuta Iuliana Epure and Viorel Ion, University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest, Romania)

Chapter 22. Multifunctional Agriculture, Food Security and Poverty Reduction in India: The Case of Organic Agriculture
(Gangaiah Bollempalli, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India)

Chapter 23. Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Social Wellbeing: The Cuba Model
(Francisco Dueñas Hurtado, National Institute of Agricultural Science (INCA), San José de las Lajas, Mayabeque, Cuba)

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