Crop Science: Progress and Prospects by Josef Nösberger, Hartwig H Geiger, Paul C Struik

By Josef Nösberger, Hartwig H Geiger, Paul C Struik

This publication contains keynote invited papers from the 3rd foreign Crop technology Congress held in Hamburg, Germany in August 2000. All papers were ready and revised inside of strict editorial directions to make sure that the paintings is a balanced overview textual content that offers an summary of the main concerns confronting crop technology this day and sooner or later. It hence represents an appropriate complex textbook for college kids in addition to delivering learn employees concise overviews of subject matters adjoining to their parts of analysis. participants contain best global professionals from Europe, North and South the United States, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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In an optimistic view, Greenland et al. (1998) state that with the political will, and the necessary commitment to education and research, lowered food security could be prevented. Our analyses add that loss and degradation of agricultural land seriously reduce the options of many nations for food self-sufficiency, and cause many farmers to learn new skills and to try to earn an off-farm income. Degradation of agricultural lands makes farm products more expensive, or eliminates any profit and forces many farmers to leave their income-generating farming.

Policy actions and programmes for household food security The effectiveness and success of food security policy and programme interventions depend on the basic conditions, institutions and actors that deter- 24 F. Heidhues mine food security. Food security policy is of a cross-cutting nature. Isolated programme interventions may bring some relief but are likely to fail in promoting long-term food security. Sustainable food security policy can only be successful if it integrates long-term population policies, economic development and productivity-enhancing strategies and natural resource conserving programmes with short-term actions to remove market distortions, to correct institutional failures, to design more effective policies and to move towards good governance.

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