This textbook takes a truly international approach towards agricultural economics, uniting many different perspectives on the subject and providing insight into agriculture in general, and into how practical farming works in particular. The book is laced throughout with real world examples and other pedagogical features.
Topics covered are wide-ranging and include:
The World of Agricultural Economics: an introduction is primarily an introductory textbook for students in agricultural economics, agronomy and adjacent fields. However, its accessible approach means that it is also suitable for readers without any previous knowledge in the field, who are seeking an introduction to agriculture.
Part I: Ways into Agriculture 1. Agricultural Economics: A common ground 2. Fundamentals of Agriculture 3. Market and Subsistence Oriented Agriculture 4. The Food Chain Part II: World Agriculture 5. World Population and Food 6. Areas and Crops 7. World Animal Production 8. Agricultural Production of Non-Foods Part III: In Need of Land and Soil 9. Access to Farmland 10. Farms and Fields 11. Soils: The World Beneath the Surface 12. Water and Plant Nutrients Part IV: The Many Faces of Farming 13. The Growing Season 14. Weeds, Seeds and Other Crop Issues 15. Animal Production, Resources and Strategies 16. Animal Feeding, Health and Breeding Part V: Managing the Farm and the Market 17. Managing the Farm 18. Working with Agriculture 19. Beyond the Farm Gate 20. International Agricultural Trade 21. The Safest Food Possible