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1st Edition

Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Economic Development

ISBN 9780415465052
Published November 26, 2008 by Routledge
456 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book reflects current developments in the economics of agrobiodiversity and focuses its attention on the role agrobiodiversity can have for economic development. As a new and rapidly expanding subfield at the interface of environmental/ecological, agricultural and development economics, the editors and contributors to this volume provide a thorough, structured and authoritative coverage of this field.

Topics covered include the economic modelling of agrobiodiversity, policy and governance solutions for the conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes, contracts, markets and valuation. The authors include well-known and respected academics and researchers who have a real policy perspective into the role of agrobiodiversity and economic development.  The book provides coherent and up to date coverage of the economics of in-situ agrobiodiversity conservation which is to a large extent currently absent.

Though the material in the volume is primarily written for economists, its content and style are highly relevant and accessible to ecologists and conservation biologists, and to academics from other broad disciplines that are located within the areas of economics and ecology.

Table of Contents

1. Agrodiversity for Economic Development: What do we know?  Part 1: Policy Perspectives  2. Managing Agricultural Biodiversity for Sustainable Use: Balancing the Benefits in the Field  3. Do we have an Adequate Global Strategy for Securing the Biodiversity of Major Food Crops?  4. Do We Need Crop Landraces for the Future? Realizing the global option value of in situ conservation  5. Marketing Underutilized Plant Species for the Poor: A Conceptual Framework  6. Non-Market Institutions for Agrobiodiversity Conservation  7. Development, Intensification and the Conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources  Part 2: Multiple Objectives, Trade Offs and Synergies between Productivity and Agrobiodiversity  8. Biodiversity Conservation and Productivity in Intensive Agricultural Systems  9. Pricing Agrobiodiversity: A Stochastic Approach to Model Environmental Efficiency  10. Diversity, Productivity and Resilience in Agro-Ecosystems: An Example from Cereal Production in Southern Italy  11. The Role of Crop Genetic Diversity in Coping with Drought: Insights from Eastern Ethiopia  12. A Trade-Off Analysis between Rangeland Health and Income Generation in Southern Namibia  13. Estimating the Interactions of Soil Biota and Agricultural Practices  14. Estimating the value of Milpa Diversity and Genetically Modified Maize to Farmers in Mexico: A Choice Experiment Approach  15. Can Greening Markets Help Conserve Landraces in Situ? Eggplants in India  Part 3: Market & Non-Market Institutions for Agrobiodiversity Conservation  16. Agro-Biodiversity as Natural Insurance and the Development of Financial Markets  17. Determinants of Collaborative Conservation Costs of Coffea Arabica's Wild Populations in Montane Rainforest of Southwestern Ethiopia  18. Agrobiodiversity in Poor Countries – Price Premiums Deemed to Miss Multifaceted Targets?  19. Market Participation and Crop Biodiversity in a Developing Economy: Banana'a in Uganda  20. The Value of Ecosystem Sevices and Agrobiodiversity in Central Sulawesi  21. Farmers' Participation in Agri-Environmental Programs and Impact on Farm Performance: An Empirical Analysis Applied to Swedish Agriculture  22. Over-Compensation Payments for Agro-Biodiversity Conservation

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Andreas Kontoleon is a lecturer in Environmental Economics at the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge,  UK.

Unai Pascual is a lecturer in Environmental Economics at the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Melinda Smale leads a global research program about economics and genetic resources at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington D.C, USA.