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Agricultural Sustainability
Strategies for Assessment


© 2005 | 281 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
For all those working in the areas of agricultural development and food security, this book offers ways to carry out a comprehensive assessment of agricultural sustainability in a micro-region.

The authors believe there are six categories of assessment necessary for an holistic evaluation - productivity, stability, efficiency, durability, compatibility and equity. They emphasize the need to make a selection of the most appropriate indicators and develop new ones. Finally, they review a variety of strategies used in different settings around the world and highlight the common features in all the assessments.

 
PART ONE: AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY
 
Sustainable Development
 
Agricultural Sustainability
 
Levels of Sustainability
 
Studying, Measuring, Assessing Agricultural Sustainability
 
Ecosystems
 
PART TWO: SUSTAINABILITY INDICATORS
 
Purpose and Properties of Indicators
 
Steps in Developing Indicators
 
Desirable Properties of Individual Indicators
 
Quantification and Scaling of Indicators
 
PART THREE: INDICATORS FOR ASSESSING AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY
 
Productivity
 
Stability
 
Efficiency
 
Durability
 
Compatibility
 
Equity
 
Evaluation of an Agricultural Sustainability Assessment Protocol
 
PART FOUR: STUDIES OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
 
A Study of Sustainability and Peasant Farming Systems in Zimbabwe
 
A Malaysian Study of Farmer Sustainability
 
Sustainable Land Management in Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand
 
An Integrated Crop Management Approach to Sustainable Agriculture
 
Indicators for Comparing Performance of Irrigated Agricultural Systems
 
Developing Indicators
Lessons Learned from Central America  
 
Sustainability in the Tungabhadra Project Area of South India
 
Assessments of Sustainability over Broad Regions

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ISBN: 9780761933403
$86.00