State of Food and Agriculture 2007, The
By Food and Agriculture Organization


  • Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Number Of Pages: 236
  • Publication Date: 2007-12-28
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 9251057508
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9789251057506


Product Description:

The State of Food and Agriculture 2007 explores the potential for agriculture to provide enhanced levels of environmental services alongside the production of food and fibre. The report concludes that demand for environmental services from agriculture including climate change mitigation, improved watershed management and biodiversity preservation will increase in the future, but better incentives to farmers are needed if agriculture is to meet this demand.

Despite unprecedented global economic growth, 1.1 billion people continue to live in extreme poverty and more than 850 million people suffer from chronic hunger while ecosystems are being threatened as never before. Poverty reduction, food security and environmental sustainability have all moved to the top of a crowded international agenda, as reflected in the Millennium Development Goals. At the same time, the close relationships among poverty, hunger and ecosystem degradation are becoming ever clearer. Most of the world’s poor people live in rural areas, many of them in marginal environments, and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Agricultural development is therefore crucial for alleviating poverty on a large scale. Such development would also require that the natural resource base on which the poor depend for their livelihoods be preserved and enhanced.
Services provided by ecosystems are essential, not only for poverty reduction, but indeed for human survival. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, as well as reports arising from other more recent studies such as Water for food, water for life (Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, 2007) and Livestock’s long shadow: environmental issues and options (FAO, 2006a), have painted a stark picture of current ecosystem degradation and the potential consequences of a continuation of current trends.


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