By H. C. Brookfield, Helen Parsons, Muriel Brookfield, Land Management and Environmental Change Project on People

Via generations of innovation and scan, smallholder farms (cultivated items of land smaller than 50 acres) have nurtured a wealthy variety of either wild and household vegetation and animals. whereas so much educational literature emphasizes the speeded up lack of biodiversity, this publication describes how huge numbers of smallholder farmers are retaining biodiversity of their farmlands and surrounds. according to the fieldwork of the United international locations college undertaking on humans, Land administration and Environmental switch (PLEC), the e-book observes how farmers use their wisdom and abilities to control range and to control their assets conservatively and profitably. The publication highlights optimistic examples of source administration in Brazil, China, Ghana, Guinea, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda, Britain, the USA, Japan and Australia. those examples reveal how "agrodiversity" practices can be utilized to opposite lack of biodiversity, keep watch over land degradation and enhance small farmers' livelihoods, and the way they can be effectively utilized to different occasions.

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