Sustainable Agricultural Development: Recent Approaches in Resources Management and Environmentally-balanced Production Enhancement

Sustainable Agricultural Development: Recent Approaches in Resources Management and Environmentally-balanced Production Enhancement

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Edited by Mohamed Behnassi, Edited by Shabbir A. Shahid, Edited by Joyce D'Silva

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  • Publisher: Springer
  • Format: Hardback | 275 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 23mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Dordrecht
  • ISBN 10: 9400705182
  • ISBN 13: 9789400705180
  • Edition statement: 2011.
  • Illustrations note: 23 black & white tables, biography

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Due to many challenges (i.e. climate change, energy, water and land shortage, high demands on food, land grabbing, etc.), agriculture production potential is expected to be seriously affected; thus, increasing food insecurity and hunger in many already affected regions (especially in Africa). In this context, sustainable agriculture is highly recommended as an eco-system approach where soil, water, plants, environment and living organisms live in harmony. Innovative technologies and research should be developed to ensure sustainable agriculture and productivity using modern irrigation systems, improved varieties, improved soil quality, etc. In the meantime, the preservation of natural environment should be based on resource conservation technologies and best management practices. "Sustainable Agricultural Development", not only raises the serious ethical and social issues underlying these huge environmental problems, but also aims at presenting successful experiences from all over the world in relation with sustainable farming, sustainable management of water and land resources, and innovative processes in livestock production. It also aims at providing inputs to decision making processes and encouraging the transfer of relevant know-how, technologies and expertise to different countries where similar agro-climatic conditions may exist; thus saving precious resources and promoting sustainable agricultural development as a relevant approach to tackle the food security challenge. Finally, this book focuses on the paradigmatic and policy dimensions and call for an innovative approach by analyzing the key themes in a complex and interrelated manner.

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Due to many challenges (i.e. climate change, energy, water and land shortage, high demands on food, land grabbing, etc.), agriculture production potential is expected to be seriously affected; thus, increasing food insecurity and hunger in many already affected regions (especially in Africa). In this context, sustainable agriculture is highly recommended as an eco-system approach where soil, water, plants, environment and living organisms live in harmony. Innovative technologies and research should be developed to ensure sustainable agriculture and productivity using modern irrigation systems, improved varieties, improved soil quality, etc. In the meantime, the preservation of natural environment should be based on resource conservation technologies and best management practices. "Sustainable Agricultural Development," not only raises the serious ethical and social issues underlying these huge environmental problems, but also aims at presenting successful experiences from all over the world in relation with sustainable farming, sustainable management of water and land resources, and innovative processes in livestock production. It also aims at providing inputs to decision making processes and encouraging the transfer of relevant know-how, technologies and expertise to different countries where similar agro-climatic conditions may exist; thus saving precious resources and promoting sustainable agricultural development as a relevant approach to tackle the food security challenge. Finally, this book focuses on the paradigmatic and policy dimensions and call for an innovative approach by analyzing the key themes in a complex and interrelated manner."

Table of contents

List of acronyms and abbreviation List of figures List of table Preface Acknowledgments Part I Sustainable use of land resources as a potential for sustainable agricultural development Chapter 1: Land resource governance from a sustainability and rural development perspective Chapter 4: Development of new technological approach to mitigate salinization Chapter 2: Land-grabbing and potential implications for world food security Chapter 3: Turning adversity into advantage for food security through improving soil quality and providing production systems for marginal saline lands: ICBA perspectives and approach Chapter 5: Reforestation - Quality improvement of contaminated mining soil Chapter 6: A policy framework for sustainable utilisation of farmland for Waterberg District Municipality in South Africa Chapter 7: The zooecological remediation of technogen faulted soil in industrial region of Ukraine Steppe Zone Chapter 8: Transcultural gardens - A proposal for exploitation of urban voids as intensively productive land and as a method of urbanization of minorities. Case studies demonstrating design tools and managing methodology Part II Sustainable management of water resources as a prerequisite for sustainable agriculture development Chapter 9: Sustainable rural development and participatory approach by on-farm water management techniques Chapter 10: Sustainable water management for irrigated rice production Chapter 11: Reduction of water losses by use of alternative irrigation techniques in the Aral Sea Drainage Basin Part III Recent innovative processes in agricultural production Chapter 12: Use of surface modified inorganic nano materials as slow release nitrogen fertilizer Chapter 13: Organic fertilizer use in Northeastern Thailand: An analysis of some factors affecting farmers' attitudes Chapter 14: Imitating nature to enrich waste with new values and use it as a new resource Part IV Recent innovative processes in livestock production Chapter 15: Farm animal breeding: The implications of existing and new technologies Chapter 16: Animal husbandry in focus of sustainability Chapter 17: Effect of urea treated sorghum stover supplemented with local protein sources on the performance of sheep Chapter 18: Evaluation of spineless cactus (opuntia ficus-indicus) as an alternative feed and water source for animals during dry season in Eritrea Chapter 19: Comparative feeding value of halophyte as alternative animal feed for small ruminants in Eritrea Chapter 20: The Effect of feeding ensilages of poultry litter with left over bread on the body weight of barka cattle Postface Notes on contributors Author index Subject index Chapter 4: Development of new technological approach to mitigate salinization Chapter 5: Reforestation - Quality improvement of contaminated mining soil Chapter 6: A policy framework for sustainable utilisation of farmland for Waterberg District Municipality in South Africa Chapter 7: The zooecological remediation of technogen faulted soil in industrial region of Ukraine Steppe Zone Chapter 8: Transcultural gardens - A proposal for exploitation of urban voids as intensively productive land and as a method of urbanization of minorities. Case studies demonstrating design tools and managing methodology Part II Sustainable management of water resources as a prerequisite for sustainable agriculture development Chapter 9: Sustainable rural development and participatory approach by on-farm water management techniques Chapter 10: Sustainable water management for irrigated rice production Chapter 11: Reduction of water losses by use of alternative irrigation techniques in the Aral Sea Drainage Basin Part III Recent innovative processes in agricultural production Chapter 12: Use of surface modified inorganic nano materials as slow release nitrogen fertilizer Chapter 13: Organic fertilizer use in Northeastern Thailand: An analysis of some factors affecting farmers' attitudes Chapter 14: Imitating nature to enrich waste with new values and use it as a new resource Part IV Recent innovative processes in livestock productionChapter 15: Farm animal breeding: The implications of existing and new technologies Chapter 16: Animal husbandry in focus of sustainability Chapter 17: Effect of urea treated sorghum stover supplemented with local protein sources on the performance of sheep Chapter 18: Evaluation of spineless cactus (opuntia ficus-indicus) as an alternative feed and water source for animals during dry season in Eritrea Chapter 19: Comparative feeding value of halophyte as alternative animal feed for small ruminants in Eritrea Chapter 20: The Effect of feeding ensilages of poultry litter with left over bread on the body weight of barka cattle Postface Notes on contributors Author index Subject index