Agricultural Development and Food Security in Developing Nations

Agricultural Development and Food Security in Developing Nations

Wayne G. Ganpat (The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago), Ronald Dyer (Grenoble School of Management, France) and Wendy-Ann P. Isaac (The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: October, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 370
ISBN13: 9781522509424|ISBN10: 1522509429|EISBN13: 9781522509431|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0942-4

Description

The development of sustainable agricultural systems is an imperative aspect of any country, but particularly in the context of developing countries. Lack of progress in these initiatives can have negative effects on the nation as a whole.

Agricultural Development and Food Security in Developing Nations is a pivotal reference source for the latest scholarly material on promoting advancements in agricultural systems and food security in developing economies. Highlighting impacts on citizens, as well as on political and social environments of a country, this book is ideally designed for students, professionals, policy makers, researchers, and practitioners interested in recent developments in the areas of agriculture.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Agricultural Technologies
  • Farm Security
  • Genetically Modified Crops
  • Horticulture
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Poverty Reduction

Reviews and Testimonials

Specialists in extension services and other aspects of agriculture explore links between agricultural development, food security, and economic development, particularly in the Caribbean and Africa. Among their topics are strengthening food security with sustainable practices by smallholder farmers in lesser developed economies, appropriate extension methodologies for agricultural development in emerging economies, appropriate and sustainable plant biotechnology applications for food security in developing economies, horticulture as a reliable source of livelihood in India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands, promoting agricultural productivity and inclusive growth in Uganda, and farm security for food security: dealing with farm theft in the Caribbean region.

– Protoview Reviews

A volume in the Advances in Environmental Engineering and Green Technologies (AEEGT) series, this book focuses on one of the premier issues of global concern today: sustainability of the food supply. Casting a particular eye on developing regions such as Africa and the Caribbean, the book shares the innovative and timely research of a number of international scholars and professionals.
Thirteen chapters explore the social, political and environmental impacts on agricultural development. Early chapters discuss global policy decisions that must answer to changing social and environmental demands. Other chapters review a variety of agricultural production systems from organic farming to the use of genetically modified crops and biotechnology. Chapter seven, "Are GM Crops the Answer to Africa’s Critical Food Security Status? Learning from the Experiences of Developing Countries" does an excellent job of outlining the controversies of genetically modified crop production. Other topics explored within the chapters include farm theft in the Caribbean, the potential of wild edible plants, the link between agricultural productivity and more inclusive economic growth, the use of spatial technology to create more community-based solutions to poverty and much more.
Like other titles in the series, chapters begin with an abstract to outline the research to follow. Information is generally presented in concise paragraphs aided by the use of case studies, bullet points, tables, headings and subheadings, and key terms and definitions. References are listed at the end of each chapter and are compiled at the volume’s end. End pages also include brief contributor biographies and an index.
This reference can be an essential source for students, policy-makers, and other professionals with a specific interest in global agricultural developments.

– ARBA Staff Reviewer

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Wayne Ganpat (PhD Agricultural Extension) is a Caribbean extension professional. Presently, he is a Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Extension and Communications at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago and teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining the UWI, he worked as an Extension Officer in the government extension service for over 20 years and left as the Deputy Director of Extension Services. He has worked as a consultant for governments in most Caribbean countries over the last 20 years doing work both in Extension and Communications.
Wendy-Ann Isaac is a Lecturer in Crop Production in the Department of Food Production, Faculty of Food and Agriculture at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Isaac received her BSc. MSc., and Ph.D. degrees from the UWI, St. Augustine and M.Appl.Sci. in Agronomy from Lincoln University, New Zealand. Her research interests include Sustainable crop production systems and Participatory action research techniques with small farmers. She has worked with Fairtrade banana small farmers in St. Vincent and The Grenadines using the Participatory Research methods as part of her PhD. studies. She has authored and co-authored papers on these topics, which have been published in both regional and international peer-reviewed journals and is the co-editor on three books including Sustainable Food Production Practices in the Caribbean Volumes 1 and 2 and The Impact of Climate Change on Food Security in Small Island Developing States.

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