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SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
v. : ill. ; 29 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xv, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • 1 Introduction 2 Evolution of agriculture development in India 3 Agricultural growth process 4 Agriculture growth and regional change 5 Regional dimensions of land and labour productivity 6 Regional convergence in agricultural productivity 7 Hierarchically nested agriculture regions of India 8 Agriculture growth models 9 Food production, consumption and insecurity 10 Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138925175 20170313
Agriculture productivity, growth and regional change in post-colonial India from a spatial perspective are yet to be rigorously examined. In particular, the impacts of economic liberalisation, globalisation and deregulation are not being empirically investigated at a small-area level using advanced statistical and spatial techniques. Understanding the process of regional formation and the rapid transitioning of agricultural landscapes in the Post-Liberalisation phase is pivotal to developing and devising regional economic development strategies. This book employs advanced methods to empirically examine the key characteristics and patterns of regional change in agricultural growth and productivity. It offers insights on changes in agricultural production and practices since the colonial period through to the Post-Liberalisation phase in India. It also incorporates the key public policy debates on the progress of India's agricultural development with the aim of formulating spatially integrated strategies to reduce rapid rise in the regional convergence and to promote equitable distribution of strategic government investment.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138925175 20170313
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xxviii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • 1Conservation Agriculture in Africa: An Overview Chapter 2Weather-Proofing Agriculture with Conservation Agriculture Chapter 3Conservation Agriculture: Growing more with less - the future of sustainable intensification Chapter 4Empowering Smallholder Farmers with Profitable and Sustainable Farming using Conservation Agriculture - the Case of East Africa Chapter 5Implementing the Principles of Conservation Agriculture in Malawi: Crop Yields and Factors Affecting Adoption Chapter 6Innovation Systems and farmer perceptions regarding Conservation Agriculture in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique Chapter 7Conservation Agriculture in North Africa: Experiences, Achievements and Challenges Chapter 8How Can We Cover Millions of Hectares with Conservation Agriculture in Africa? Chapter 9Climate-Smart push-pull - A conservation agriculture technology for food security and environmental sustainability in Africa Chapter 10How to Make Conservation Agriculture Ever Green Chapter 11Mechanization of smallholder Conservation Agriculture in Africa: contributing resilience to precarious systems Chapter 12Conservation Agriculture in South Africa: Lessons from Case Studies Chapter 13Extending Conservation Agriculture benefits through Innovation Platforms Chapter 14Summing Up.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781780645681 20170220
This book assesses the latest trends in the adoption of conservation agriculture. Focusing on the most recent technologies to improve agricultural resilience to climate change, as well as increase profitability and sustainability, it takes a continental and sub-regional approach to African agriculture. Covering climate-proofing, resilience, sustainable intensification, and the extension and adoption process for new techniques, this book is a vital resource for researchers of agriculture and sustainability.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781780645681 20170220
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xxiv, 271 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Past, present and the future of agriculture
  • Agricultural heritage and sustainable food systems
  • A view to protecting and safeguarding our heritage
  • Globally important agricultural heritage systems: concept and the initiative
  • Dynamic conservation of GIAHs
  • Lessons learned, experiences and impacts
  • GIAHs are around us : sites and systems of interest
  • Final reflection and key messages.
Science Library (Li and Ma)
xiv, 134 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Devon Strong was a farmer and bison rancher in the Western United States whose utterly unique approach to biodynamic agriculture and animal husbandry, stemming as it did from his profound connection with the spirituality of the (Native North American) Lakota people, was just beginning to draw worldwide interest at the time of his early and unexpected death in late 2015. Devon Strong twice led workshops and presentations at the Goetheanum in Switzerland on his merging of biodynamic practices with the traditional Lakota buffalo ceremony. This book -- which includes his unfinished manuscript Taking Life Seriously, all of his published articles, as well as reports and remembrances from both his own family and leading figures of the international biodynamic movement -- is both Devon's final word on the legacy of his singular way of relating to land and animals, and a loving tribute to his vision, inspiration, and intentions for the future of agriculture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781584209737 20170306
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xvii, 1086 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
Developed for Introduction to Soils or Soil Science courses, The Nature and Properties of Soils, Fifteenth Edition, can be used in courses such as Soil Fertility, Land Resources, Earth Science and Soil Geography. Help readers learn about soils and their connections to the ecosystem The Nature and Properties of Soils is designed to engage readers with the latest in the world of soils. This hallmark text introduces the exciting world of soils through clear writing, strong pedagogy, and an ecological approach that effectively explains the fundamentals of soil science. Worked calculations, vignettes, and current real-world applications prepare readers to understand concepts, solve problems, and think critically. Written for both majors and non-majors, this text highlights the many interactions between the soil and other components of forest, range, agricultural, wetland and constructed ecosystems. Now in full-color, the Fifteenth Edition includes hundreds of compelling photos, figures, and diagrams to bring the exciting world of soils to life. Extensively revised, new and updated content appears in every chapter. Examples include: coverage of the pedosphere concept; new insights into humus and soil carbon accumulation; subaqueous soils, soil effects on human health; principles and practice of organic farming; urban and human engineered soils; new understandings of the nitrogen cycle; water-saving irrigation techniques; hydraulic redistribution, soil food-web ecology; disease suppressive soils; soil microbial genomics; soil interactions with global climate change; digital soil maps; and many others.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780133254488 20161031
Science Library (Li and Ma)
xx, 445 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 24 cm
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
290 pages ; 24 cm.
  • List of Abbreviations Introduction. Signs of the State Chapter 1. Agrarian Futurism, Rural Degeneracy, and the Origins of 4-H Chapter 2. Financial Intimacy and Rural Manhood Chapter 3. 4-H Body Politics in the 1920s Chapter 4. Conserving Farm and Family in New Deal 4-H Chapter 5. Citizenship and Difference in Wartime 4-H Chapter 6. International 4-H in the Cold War Epilogue. Future Farmers of Afghanistan: Agrarian Futurism at the Twilight of Empire Notes Index Acknowledgments.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780812247534 20160619
4-H, the iconic rural youth program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has enrolled more than 70 million Americans over the last century. As the first comprehensive history of the organization, The 4-H Harvest tracks 4-H from its origins in turn-of-the-century agricultural modernization efforts, through its role in the administration of federal programs during the New Deal and World War II, to its status as an instrument of international development in Cold War battlegrounds like Vietnam and Latin America. In domestic and global settings, 4-H's advocates dreamed of transforming rural economies, communities, and families. Organizers believed the clubs would bypass backward patriarchs reluctant to embrace modern farming techniques. In their place, 4-H would cultivate efficient, capital-intensive farms and convince rural people to trust federal expertise. The modern 4-H farm also featured gender-appropriate divisions of labor and produced healthy, robust children. To retain the economic potential of the "best" youth, clubs insinuated state agents at the heart of rural family life. By midcentury, the vision of healthy 4-H'ers on family farms advertised the attractiveness of the emerging agribusiness economy. With rigorous archival research, Gabriel N. Rosenberg provocatively argues that public acceptance of the political economy of agribusiness hinged on federal efforts to establish a modern rural society through effective farming technology and techniques as well as through carefully managed gender roles, procreation, and sexuality. The 4-H Harvest shows how 4-H, like the countryside it often symbolizes, is the product of the modernist ambition to efficiently govern rural economies, landscapes, and populations.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780812247534 20160619
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xix, 189 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Narratives of Change in African Agriculture Part 1: Uncertainty from Above and Below 2. Constructing Uncertainty 'from Above': Knowledge and narratives of climate change adaptation 3. Constructing Uncertainty from Below: Continual adaptation in Kenyan smallholder farming Part 2: Technologies of Agricultural Change 4. Breeding for an Uncertain Future: The case of 'drought tolerant' and 'water efficient' maize for Africa 5. Ciritcal Perspectives on Conservation Agriculture in Zambia and Malawi 6. What is Climate 'Smartness'? A review of case studies of 'climate-smart agriculture' 7. Governing Adaptation in Africa's Agricultural Future.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138849334 20160619
Future climatic and agro-ecological changes in Africa are uncertain and associated with high degrees of spatial and temporal variability and this change is differently simulated within divergent climate-crop models and in controlled crop breeding stations. Furthermore, uncertainty emerges in local contexts, not just in response to climatic systems, but to social, economic, and political systems, and often with implications for the appropriateness and adoption of technologies or the success of alternative cropping systems. This book examines the challenges of adaptation in smallholder farming in Africa, analysing the social, economic, political and climatic uncertainties that impact on agriculture in the region and the range of solutions proposed. Drawing on case studies of genetically modified crops, conservation agriculture, and other 'climate smart' solutions in eastern and southern Africa, the book identifies how uncertainties are framed 'from above' as well experienced 'from below', by farmers themselves. It provides a compelling insight into why ideas about adaptation emerge, from whom, and with what implications. This book offers a unique perspective and will be highly relevant to students of climate change adaptation, food security and poverty alleviation, as well as policy-makers and field practitioners in international development and agronomy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138849334 20160619
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xi, 504 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction to Biochar as an Agricultural and Environmental Amendment
  • Pyrogenic Carbon in Terra Preta Soils
  • Pyrogenic Organic Matter in Japanese Andosols: Occurrence, Transformation, and Function
  • Production and Characterization of Biochar from Agricultural By-Products: Overview and Use of Cotton Biomass Residues
  • Considerations in Biochar Characterization
  • Application of Biochar for Soil Physical Improvement
  • The Effects of Biochar Amendment on Soil Fertility
  • Application of Biochar for Soil Biological Improvement
  • Biochar and Soil Carbon Sequestration
  • Use and Impact of Biochar and Charcoal in Animal Production Systems
  • Interaction Mechanisms between Biochar and Organic Pollutants
  • Impacts of Biochar Amendment on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agricultural Soils
  • Application of Biochar for Soil Remediation
  • Biochar Application for Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation
  • Aqueous Contaminant Removal and Stormwater Treatment Using Biochar
  • Research and Application of Biochar in China
  • Research and Application of Biochar in Europe
  • Research and Application of Biochar in New Zealand
  • Regional Considerations for Targeted Use of Biochar in Agriculture and Remediation in Australia
  • Research and Application of Biochar in North America
  • Agricultural and Environmental Applications of Biochar: Advances and Barriers.
Discover the mechanisms and processes of biochar amendment for achieving stunning agricultural and environmental benefits. Agricultural and environmental communities are looking to biochar for enhancing soil carbon sequestration and crop productivity, but practical applications are elusive. Accomplished international researchers present a whole picture of biochar in improving soil quality, reducing soil greenhouse gas emissions, and decontaminating stormwater and mine sites. Composition and characteristics of biochar, its interactions with contaminants and soil constituents, and its transformation in the environment are addressed. Readers will appreciate the comprehensive review of the latest biochar research and applications and gain critical guidance in best biochar generation and use.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
x, 268 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Introduction -- 1. Agriculture, Industry, and Commerce -- 2. The State and Agrarian Reform -- 3. Vectors and Agents of Knowledge Transmission -- 4. Diffusion in Practice: Emulation and Innovation -- 5. Technology in Agriculture -- 6. Agricultural Enlightenment and Agricultural Revolution -- 7. The Science of Agriculture -- 8. Nature and Environment -- Conclusion -- Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198716075 20160619
Agricultural Enlightenment explores the modernization of the rural economy in Europe through the lens of the Enlightenment. It focuses on the second half of the eighteenth century and emphasises the role of useful knowledge in the process of agrarian change and agricultural development. As such it invites economic historians to respond to the challenge issued by Joel Mokyr to look beyond quantitative data and to take seriously the argument that cultural factors, broadly understood, may have aided or hindered the evolution of agriculture in the early modern period ('what people knew and believed' had a direct bearing on their economic behaviour [Mokyr, The Enlightened Economy]). Evidence in support of the idea that a readily accessible supply of agricultural knowledge helps to explain the trajectory of the rural economy is drawn from all of the countries of Europe. The book includes two cases studies of rapid rural modernization in Scotland and Denmark where Agricultural Enlightenment was swiftly followed by full-scale Agricultural Revolution.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198716075 20160619
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)

13. Agriculture [2016]

xviii, 127 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
  • Introduction -- Soils and crops -- Farm animals -- Feeding the food industry -- Inputs into agriculture -- Modern and traditional farming -- Farming futures -- Further reading -- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198725961 20160704
Agriculture, one of the oldest human occupations, is practised all over the world, using techniques ranging from the profoundly traditional to the most scientifically advanced. Without it we would starve. Yet how many of us understand what is happening in the fields that we see as we drive through the countryside? How often do we think about the origins of the food in our trolley? In this Very Short Introduction Paul Brassley and Richard Soffe explain what farmers do and why they do it. Beginning with the most basic resource, the soil, they show why it is important, and how farmers can increase its productivity, before turning to the plants and animals that grow on it, and tracing the connections between their biology and the various ways in which farmers work with them. The authors conclude by looking at some of the controversial issues facing contemporary agriculture: its sustainability; its impact on wildlife and landscape; issues of animal welfare; and the affect of climate change and the development of genetically modified organisms on farmers. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198725961 20160704
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
1 online resource (xxi, 264 pages) : illustrations (some color)
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction: Underscoring Agribusiness Failures, Environmental Controversies and Growing Food Uncertainties.- Chapter 2 - Water Governance and Agricultural Management: Collaboratively Dealing with Complex Policy Problems.- Chapter 3 - Revisiting Food Studies from a Political Ecology Perspective: Lessons from Mediterranean Agri-food Systems.- Chapter 4 - On the Climate of Scarcity and Crisis in the Rainfed Drylands of India.- Chapter 5 - Water, Land, Socioterritorial Movements, Labour and Capital: Territorial Disputes and Conflictuality in Brazil.- Chapter 6 - Environmental Impacts of Fruit Production in Brazil.- Chapter 7 - Water Incorporated in Agricultural Production: Water Balance Considerations.- Chapter 8 - Politics of Scale and Water Governance in the Upper Xingu Basin, Brazil.- Chapter 9 - Controversial Frontiers of Agricultural Development and Environmental Change.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319322544 20161010
This book deals with past legacies and emerging challenges associated with agriculture production, water and environmental management, and local and national development. It offers a critical interpretation of the tensions associated with the failures of mainstream regulatory regimes and the impacts of global agri-food chains. The various chapters include conceptual and empirical material from research carried out in Brazil, India and Europe. The assessment takes into account the dilemmas faced by farmers, companies, policy-makers and the international community related to growing food demand, water scarcity and environmental degradation. The book also questions most government reactions to those problems that tend to reproduce old, productivist approaches and are normally under the powerful influence of global corporations, mega-supermarkets and investment funds. Its overall message is that the trajectory of agriculture, rural development and environmental management are integral elements of the broader search for justice and novel socio-ecological thinking.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319322544 20161010
x, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Science Library (Li and Ma)
1 online resource (x, 210 pages) : illustrations (some color).
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. High Rate Transpiration Systems (HRTS) for Control of Waterlogging
  • 3. Bio-Management Options for Greening and Water-table Control
  • 4. Controlling Seepage and Salinity Using Trees: Australian Experiences
  • 5. Response of Woody Plants to Flooding and Salinity
  • 6. Agroforestry to Enhance Farm Productivity in Coastal Waterlogged Areas
  • 7. Safer Disposal of Wastewater for Greening the Urban and Peri-urban Areas and Revenue Generation
  • 8. Tree-based Integrated Agricultural Model for Enhancing farm Productivity of Waterlogged Areas
  • 9. Biomanagement Options for Carbon Sequestration, Ecosystem Services and Mitigating Climate Change
  • 10. Comparison of Models for Estimating Evapo-transpiration of Irrigated Eucalypt Plantations
  • 11. Biomanagement: Socio-economic and Policy Issues and Challenges.
Land degradation caused by salinity and waterlogging is a global problem afflicting about one billion hectares and endangering the food security of at least 75 countries. Since the social, economic and environmental costs of on and/off-farm reclamation techniques are high, agroforestry is now emerging as a potential tool, not only for arresting salinity and waterlogging, but also for other environmental services like mitigating climate change, sequestering carbon and restoring biodiversity. This publication addresses the vital issues, principles and practices related to rehabilitation using agroforestry and includes many site-specific case studies from a number of the world's typical catchments. Written by leading researchers, the book is a must, not only for scientists whose research interests lie in soil salinity, waterlogging and poor-quality waters, but also policy makers, environmentalists, students, and educationists alike. More importantly, it contributes to reversing the salinity trends and ensuring the livelihoods of resource-poor farming families living in these harsh agro-ecosystems.
viii, 149 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Chapter 1: Farms and Food Chapter 2: The Family Farm Chapter 3: The Corn Belt Chapter 4: Wheat and Grains Chapter 5: Dairy Chapter 6: Pork and Beef Chapter 7: Poultry Chapter 8: Fruits and Vegetables Chapter 9: Organic Farms and Organic Food Chapter 10: The Reserved Lands Appendix: Keeping Track of Production.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498508209 20161018
American Farms, American Food bridges the gap between agricultural production and food studies allowing readers to learn about both subjects up close and in detail. Beyond that, the book provides background on the domestication, breeding, and development of crop plants and livestock that have become the food we eat. Themes such as the family farm, local food production, organic agriculture, genetically modified crops, food imports, and commodity exports are developed in nine separate chapters. The chapters treat specific crops or livestock types from the point of view of both production and consumption, highlighting the changes that have taken place in both farming strategies and food preferences over the years.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498508209 20161018
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xxiv, 393 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xii, 189 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
  • Seeing beyond the kale
  • New York City's urban agriculture system
  • Growing more than just food
  • Embodying socially just systems
  • Cultivating policy
  • Addressing uneven power and privilege
  • Rethinking scholarship to advance social justice
  • Taking a collective step beyond the kale.
Urban agriculture is increasingly considered an important part of creating just and sustainable cities. Yet the benefits that many people attribute to urban agriculture-fresh food, green space, educational opportunities-can mask structural inequities, thereby making political transformation harder to achieve. Realizing social and environmental justice requires moving beyond food production to address deeper issues such as structural racism, gender inequity, and economic disparities. Beyond the Kale argues that urban agricultural projects focused explicitly on dismantling oppressive systems have the greatest potential to achieve substantive social change. Through in-depth interviews and public forums with some of New York City's most prominent urban agriculture activists and supporters, Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen illustrate how some urban farmers and gardeners not only grow healthy food for their communities but also use their activities and spaces to disrupt the dynamics of power and privilege that perpetuate inequity. Addressing a significant gap in the urban agriculture literature, Beyond the Kale prioritizes the voices of people of colour and women-activists and leaders whose strategies have often been underrepresented within the urban agriculture movement-and it examines the roles of scholarship in advancing social justice initiatives.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780820349497 20160725
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xxiii, 342 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 27 cm
The book includes all aspects needed to understand the current status of biodiversity conservation in Southeastern Brazil. It presents good and clear examples of different groups of biodiversity and helps to understand how good science is needed to promote biodiversity conservation in agroecosystems.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783110480832 20160802
Science Library (Li and Ma)