MULTIFUNCTIONAL AGRICULTURE
Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa

This book explores the potential benefits of Multifunctional Agriculture to the social, economic and environmental sustainability of tropical agriculture and its potential to deliver the new Sustainable Development Goals

In a world increasingly challenged by the need to integrate and understand highly specialized knowledge in a multidisciplinary way, this book is innovative and perhaps unique in addressing this challenge.  It focuses on ideas, strategies, techniques and practices spanning many disciplines at the interface of agriculture with: forestry, horticulture, plant physiology, genetics, ecology, soil science, food science, economics, and the social and environmental sciences as delivered by intensified and enriched agroforestry. Multifunctional Agriculture addresses this complexity, using case studies and insights from the needs of African farmers whose livelihoods are constrained by complex interactions between social, environmental and economic factors and problems underlying agricultural sustainability in Africa. This book, therefore, provides an important resource for those trying to understand the role of agriculture in the achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals by providing easily implementable, practical and effective methodologies and practices.

Key Features

  • Provides a single-source, comprehensive insight into agroforestry / multifunctional agriculture, it’s potential, challenges, and progress
  • Helps readers understand and assess potential opportunity through implementation
  • Includes case studies and real-world insights that address common situations and the practical application of best practices
  • Explores the role of multi-functional agriculture in mitigating climate change impacts, providing value-story beyond crop production

Description

In a world increasingly challenged by the need to integrate and understand highly specialized knowledge in a multidisciplinary way, this book is innovative and perhaps unique in addressing this challenge. It focuses on ideas, strategies, techniques and practices spanning many disciplines at the interface of agriculture with: forestry, horticulture, plant physiology, genetics, ecology, soil science, food science, economics, and the social and environmental sciences as delivered by intensified and enriched agroforestry. Multifunctional Agriculture addresses this complexity, using case studies and insights from the needs of African farmers whose livelihoods are constrained by complex interactions between social, environmental and economic factors and problems underlying agricultural sustainability in Africa. This book, therefore, provides an important resource for those trying to understand the role of agriculture in the achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals by providing easily implementable, practical and effective methodologies and practices.

Readership

Academics and students in botany, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, genetics, soil science, ecology, social and environmental studies, as well as food technology – and of course agroforestry, Agribusiness, International aid agencies and donors, Civil society organizations and lobbyists, Wildlife and natural resource conservationists

Author

Roger Leakey has diplomas in practical agriculture (NDA and CDA) and degrees in agricultural science (BSc, PhD, DSc), with truly global experience of field-based research in tropical agriculture, horticulture and forestry spanning nearly 50 years. He was Director of Research at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF 1993-1997) and Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Development of James Cook University, in Cairns, Australia (2001-2006). He has been Vice President of the International Society of Tropical Foresters and is Vice Chairman of the International Tree Foundation, a UK-based charity supporting development projects in Africa. He holds a number of Fellowships in learned societies, universities and international research centres. He was a Coordinating Lead Author in the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) which was approved by 58 governments in an Intergovernmental Plenary meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa in April 2008. This Assessment examined the impact of agricultural knowledge, science and technology on environmentally, socially and economically sustainable development worldwide over the last 50 years and suggested that to meet these challenges agriculture has to advance from a unifunctional focus on food production and to additionally embrace more environmental, social and economic goals – i.e. to become multifunctional.

Contents  – 40 chapters

PART 1. THE BASICS

Section 1. Agroecology and the Role of Trees

Section 2 Agroforestry Practices and Systems

Section 3. Importance of Tree Products

PART 2. GENETIC SELECTION FOR ADDED-VALUE AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Section 4. Tree Domestication

PART 3. RESEARCH METHODS

Section 5. Strategy and Techniques

  1. i) Strategy
  2. ii) Techniques: Vegetative propagation

iii) Techniques: Genetic characterization

  1. iv) Techniques: Ideotypes

PART 4. TOWARDS DELIVERY

Section 6. A Bottom-up Approach

  1. i) Participatory tree domestication
  2. ii) Intellectual property rights

iii) Commercialization of agroforestry tree products

  1. iv) Development and impact

Section 7. Agroforestry: A Delivery Mechanism for Multifunctional Agriculture

Section 8. Sustainable Intensification of Tropical Agriculture

Section 9. Integrating Rural Development to Deliver Multifunctional Agriculture..

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