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Development, the Environment and Food: Towards Agricultural Change book launched

On the sidelines of the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS 2012), Day 2, the French Development Agency (AFD), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) released a book titled, Development, the Environment and Food: Towards Agricultural Change?

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Prof. Pierre Jacquet, Chief Economist of AFD, Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director-General, TERI and Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Prof. Laurence Tubiana, Director of IDDRI have edited the book.

Development, the Environment and Food: Towards Agricultural Change? is a comprehensive book that unravels the many controversies hidden behind the renewed international consensus on investing in agriculture. The book brings together works by over 30 international experts in their fields to discuss, amongst others, the role of agriculture for development, opportunities for investment in agricultural lands, the relationship between agriculture and our environment in a time of climate change and resources scarcities, and illustrates that issues of food security go beyond the sole agricultural sector. Global agriculture, as portrayed in this book, is faced with great challenges, and will need to change in order to meet them. To help steering these changes towards greater sustainability, this book raises awareness about how crucial it is to change our representations of agriculture, change the visions that guide projects for change and the policies regulating this sector.

Divided in 15 chapters, the book delves into the diversity of food and agricultural issues. It analyses the whole food chain – from agricultural R&D, to farmers and farming systems, down to agro-industries and consumers – and contains case studies from all five continents, from the development of organic agriculture in Thailand to the reforms of agricultural policies in Europe and North and South America.

Development, the Environment and Food: Towards Agricultural Change? will be marketed and distributed by TERI Press, the publishing arm of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

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