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A Sustainability Challenge: Food Security for All: Report of Two Workshops

Publication Date: January, 2012

The National Research Council's Science and Technology for Sustainability Program hosted two workshops in 2011 addressing the sustainability challenges associated with food security for all.

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Climate Risk Management Through Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Publication Date: September, 2011

Empirical evidence has shown that farmers can adapt to climate change by using sustainable land and water management (SLWM) practices that provide local mitigation benefits, reducing or offsetting the negative effects of climate change at the level of the plot, farm, or even landscape. However, adaptation to climate change using SLWM practices in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains low. This study was conducted to examine the impact of government policies on adaptation to climate change.

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Provisioning and Regulatory Ecosystem Service Values in Agriculture

Publication Date: January, 2011

Section Titles:  Defining Agricultural Scenarios; Tier 1; Tier 2; Mapping the Impacts of Agriculture on Important Ecological Processes; Uncertainty; Limitations and Next Steps

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South African Agricultural R&D Investments: Sources, Structure, and Trends, 1910-2007

Publication Date: January, 2011

The twentieth century saw substantive shifts in the structure, funding and conduct of public agricultural research and development (R&D) and related regulatory and extension activities in South Africa. Following a long period of steady (and at times quite rapid) growth beginning in the early twentieth century, real spending on public agricultural R&D has essentially flat lined since the 1970s.

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South African Agricultural R&D: Policies and Public Institutions, 1880–2007

Publication Date: January, 2011

In South Africa, government engagement in agricultural R&D and associated technical support services dates back to at least the 1880s.

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Reassessing Public-Private Roles in Agricultural R&D for Economic Development

Publication Date: January, 2010

Following a brief description of the links between agricultural R&D, productivity growth and food security outcomes, we review the patterns of agricultural productivity growth. The evolving institutional and investment realities confronting agricultural R&D are presented, including developments in the public and private sectors.

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Smart Investments in Sustainable Food Production: Revisiting Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems

Publication Date: January, 2010

Faced with population growth and climate change, small-holder farmers should be the first target for policies to intensify production by carefully managed inputs of fertilizer, water, and feed to minimize waste and environmental impact, supported by improved access to markets, new varieties, and technologies.

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U.S. Agricultural Research in a Global Food Security Setting: A Report of the CSIS Task Force on Food Security

Publication Date: January, 2010

The authors present and evaluate practical policy actions for revitalizing agricultural R&D in the United States and globally to meet global food demand in the face of climate change and other challenges in the decades ahead.

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Priorities for Realizing the Potential to Increase Agricultural Productivity and Growth in Western and Central Africa

Publication Date: August, 2009

We identify a set of development priorities for agriculture that cut across West Africa, at both the country and the regional level, to achieve economy-wide growth goals in the region.

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Investigaciones a Futuro: Proyeccion del Potencial Agropecuario en America Latina y el Caribe

Publication Date: May, 2009

Contents: Introduction, by Philip G. Pardey, Julian M. Alston and Stanley Wood; Definicion del contexto economico, by Philip G. Pardey, Stanley Wood, Ulrike Wood-Sichra, Connie Chan-Kang and Liang You...

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