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Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate

http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/ditcted2012d3_en.pdf Developing and developed countries alike need a paradigm shift in agricultural development: from a “green revolution” to a “truly ecological intensification” approach. This implies a rapid and significant shift from conventional, monoculture-based and high external-input-dependent industrial production towards mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers. We need to see a move from a linear to a holistic approach in agricultural management, which recognizes that a farmer is not only a producer of agricultural goods, but also a manager of an agro-ecological system that provides quite a number of public goods and services (e.g. water, soil, landscape, energy, biodiversity, and recreation) UNCTAD’s […]

Small-scale farmers in China in the face of modernisation and globalisation

Small-scale farmers in China in the face of modernisation and globalisation Jikun Huang, Xiaobing Wang and Huanguang Qiu

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