Agriculture at a Crossroads

  title={Agriculture at a Crossroads},
  author={E. Toby Kiers and Roger R. B. Leakey and Anne Marie Izac and Jack A. Heinemann and Erika Rosenthal and Dev Nathan and Janice L S Jiggins},
  pages={320 - 321}
The present path of agricultural development will not achieve development goals according to a recent assessment, but a solid foundation for improvements exists. 

Managing water and agroecosystems for food security

The ecosystem setting of both agriculture and water provides a conceptual framework for managing the needs of agriculture for water and the impacts of water upon agriculture. Water underpins all be

Agricultural Growth Corridors – Unlocking Rural Potential, Catalyzing Economic Development

African agriculture has, on the whole, been characterized by low yield levels. Yet, as a continent it has significantly untapped potential in terms of productivity and agricultural growth.

Assessing ecosystem services in perennial intercropping systems - participatory action research in Swedish modern agroforestry.

The focus of this paper is on how to assess ecosystem services in complex agroforestry systems using a case of edible forest gardens. Benefits of doing these assessments in a participatory learning

Competitiveness of Food Economy in the Conditions of Globalization and European Integration

The purpose of the study is to analyse the issue of competitiveness of agriculture and food economy. The authors of chapters included in this volume try to answer the questions concerning

Biochar's effect on soil nitrous oxide emissions from a maize field with lime-adjusted pH treatment

Introduction Conclusions References Tables Figures

An Overview and Discussion of Solution Proposals for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Sub-Sahara Africa

The development of the agricultural sector and the improvement of the food security situation are seen as essential components to sustainable development in Sub-Sahara Africa. However, continuing

The variable paths to sustainable intensification in agriculture

  • T. Rudel
  • Economics
    Regional Environmental Change
  • 2020
Continuing environmental degradation amidst economic growth and population increase has underscored the desirability of pursuing sustainable intensification in agriculture. In theory, it would

Alternative agriculture in an energy- and resource-depleting future

Abstract Industrial principles of specialization, simplification and concentration began to be applied to agriculture after the Second World War with positive production results. But it is now widely



Dueling Visions for a Hungry World

Photographs courtesy of AP, AFP, EPA, Getty Images and Reuters.

Assessing the Impact of the Green Revolution, 1960 to 2000

Over the period 1960 to 2000, international agricultural research centers, in collaboration with national research programs, contributed to the development of “modern varieties” for many crops, which have contributed to large increases in crop production.

WTO rules for agriculture compatible with development

Despite the many discussions concerning the desirability of incorporating development dimensions into the current round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, there has been a dearth of discussion

Agricultural Research: A Growing Global Divide?

"Sustained, well-targeted, and effectively used investments in R&D have reaped handsome rewards from improved agricultural productivity and cheaper, higher quality foods and fibers. As we begin a new

Forecasting Agriculturally Driven Global Environmental Change

Should past dependences of the global environmental impacts of agriculture on human population and consumption continue, 109 hectares of natural ecosystems would be converted to agriculture by 2050, accompanied by 2.4- to 2.7-fold increases in nitrogen- and phosphorus-driven eutrophication of terrestrial, freshwater, and near-shore marine ecosystems.

Prioritizing Climate Change Adaptation Needs for Food Security in 2030

Results indicate South Asia and Southern Africa as two regions that, without sufficient adaptation measures, will likely suffer negative impacts on several crops that are important to large food-insecure human populations.

Water for food, water for life: a comprehensive assessment of water management in agriculture

Part I: Setting the Scene * Introduction * Conceptual Framework * Part II: Trends and Scenarios * Benefits, Costs and Challenges of Managing Water for Agriculture * Investment Options for the Future

Soil Fertility and Hunger in Africa

The fundamental biophysical cause of stagnant per capita food production in Africa is soil fertility depletion. Because mineral fertilizers cost two to six times as much as those sold worldwide, a

Supplying crop biotechnology to the poor: Opportunities and constraints

Abstract Unlike the public-sector research that launched the Green Revolution, private firms based in industrialised countries have done the majority of agricultural biotechnology research and almost