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Sustainable agriculture

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Artificial Intelligence and IoT-Based Technologies for Sustainable Farming and Smart Agriculture

Artificial Intelligence and IoT-Based Technologies for Sustainable Farming and Smart Agriculture

Author: Pradeep Tomar Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2021

As technology continues to saturate modern society, agriculture has started to adopt digital computing and data-driven innovations. This emergence of smart farming has led to various advancements in the field, including autonomous equipment and the collection of climate, livestock, and plant data. As connectivity and data management continue to revolutionize the farming industry, empirical research is a necessity for understanding these technological developments. Artificial Intelligence and IoT-Based Technologies for Sustainable Farming and Smart Agriculture provides emerging research exploring the theoretical and practical aspects of critical technological solutions within the farming industry. Featuring coverage on a broad range of topics such as crop monitoring, precision livestock farming, and agronomic data processing, this book is ideally designed for farmers, agriculturalists, product managers, farm holders, manufacturers, equipment suppliers, industrialists, governmental professionals, researchers, academicians, and students seeking current research on technological applications within agriculture and farming.

Metrics for Agricultural Sustainability

Metrics for Agricultural Sustainability

Author: Marty D. (University of Arkansas, USA) Matlock Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

The confusing way in which sustainable agriculture has been defined and measured is clarified in this comprehensive volume, which provides an inventory of the metrics for sustainable agriculture from cradle to the farm gate, organized by media and scale. Example metrics include change in soil organic carbon as an integrating metric for soil health, change in groundwater level as a metric of over-withdrawal, current and change in land use diversity as an integrating metric for biodiversity, and farm worker education as an integrating metric of social prosperity. These metrics are informative at the individual level, but are shown collectively to provide a more complete understanding of the risks and opportunities for innovation and consumer acceptance across agricultural and food production systems. The book describes the process of integrating metrics into indices for decision-making, with examples from the US, Europe, and Asia.

Metrics for Agricultural Sustainability

Metrics for Agricultural Sustainability

Author: Marty D. (University of Arkansas, USA) Matlock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

The confusing way in which sustainable agriculture has been defined and measured is clarified in this comprehensive volume, which provides an inventory of the metrics for sustainable agriculture from cradle to the farm gate, organized by media and scale. Example metrics include change in soil organic carbon as an integrating metric for soil health, change in groundwater level as a metric of over-withdrawal, current and change in land use diversity as an integrating metric for biodiversity, and farm worker education as an integrating metric of social prosperity. These metrics are informative at the individual level, but are shown collectively to provide a more complete understanding of the risks and opportunities for innovation and consumer acceptance across agricultural and food production systems. The book describes the process of integrating metrics into indices for decision-making, with examples from the US, Europe, and Asia.

Moo's Law

Moo's Law

Author: James Mellon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2020

The Vertical Farm

The Vertical Farm

Author: Dickson Despommier Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2020

When Columbia professor Dickson Despommier set out to solve America's food, water, and energy crises, he didn't just think big - he thought up. In this groundbreaking book, he explains how the vertical farm will have an incredible impact on changing the face of this planet for generations.

Pesticide Residues in Food 2019 - Report 2019

Pesticide Residues in Food 2019 - Report 2019

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

The Meeting evaluated 19 pesticides, including acetochlor and chlorantraniliprole, for toxicity or residues, or both. It estimated maximum residue levels and made recommendations for use by the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues, and estimated supervised trials median residue (STMR) and highest residue (HR) levels as a basis for estimating dietary exposures. The FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues in Food was responsible for reviewing residue and analytical aspects of the pesticides under consideration, including data on their metabolism, their fate in the environment and use patterns, and for estimating the maximum levels of residues that might occur as a result of use of the pesticides according to good agricultural practice.

Food Systems in Africa

Food Systems in Africa

Author: Gaelle Balineau, Arthur Bauer, Martin Kessler, Nicole Madariaga Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Food for cities in Africa is changing under the triple effect of growth demography, urbanization and transformations in agricultural production and trade. These changes create risks: African cities increasingly face the challenges of undernutrition and malnutrition. But they also generate new opportunities: the economy food is the continent's main source of employment and will remain so in the near future, both to ensure agricultural production, agro-food processing and product distribution. At the center of this economy are the intermediaries market, which link producers and consumers, and whose ineffectiveness explains that about a third of the production evaporates in food losses.

Pabst Farms

Pabst Farms

Author: John C. Eastberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2020

Although the Pabst name is world-famous for its ties to the brewing industry, Fred Pabst Jr. balanced his duty to the family brewery with his love of land and livestock. In 1906, he began purchasing large parcels of land near Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, to create one of the most important model farms in the United States. Employing the latest advances in American and European agricultural theory, he organized a sustainable farming operation that provided all that was necessary for his self-sufficient farm. From the construction of new farm buildings to the selection of diverse livestock, Pabst carefully considered every detail of his landmark farming operation. Hackney and Percheron horses were the mainstay of Pabst Farms until the popularity of the automobile quickly made horse breeding for carriages and wagons a thing of the past. Undaunted, Pabst transformed his 1,400-acre farm operation to focus solely on the development and breeding of award-winning, high-production Holstein dairy cattle. This is the story of how one family made their mark on Wisconsin's dairy industry, but also of the Pabst family's life on the farm and their efforts to bring the Pabst Brewing Company through the dark days of Prohibition with the development of a revolutionary cheese product, Pabst-ett. Pabst Farms: The History of a Model Farm showcases Wisconsin's dairy history at its best and is illustrated with hundreds of photographs from the Pabst family's private archives.

Governance challenges for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation convergence in agriculture - guidance for analysis

Governance challenges for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation convergence in agriculture - guidance for analysis

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2020

This discussion paper aims to help practitioners work in a more informed and politically sensitive way to integrate actions on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in agriculture. The paper suggests that the question of convergence of DRR and CCA actions cannot be properly addressed without addressing related questions of governance and political economy. It is an initial effort towards building a more systematic understanding of the topic.

Report of the fourth ministerial meeting on commodity markets and prices

Report of the fourth ministerial meeting on commodity markets and prices

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2020

This report contains the discussions of the Ministers of Agriculture and Ministers of Trade which met on 3 October 2016 at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome to debate and exchange views on policies and strategies within the context of 'Long-term Commodity Price Trends and Sustainable Agricultural Development'.

Constructing markets for agroecology

Constructing markets for agroecology

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2020

The Policy Recommendations on Connecting Smallholders to Markets recently adopted by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) highlighted the importance of markets linked to local, national and regional food systems as the most remunerative for smallholders and beneficial for food security and rural economies. They noted that despite their importance, these markets are often overlooked in data collection systems, which impacts negatively on the evidence base for informing public policies and urged the Rome-based agencies to help fill this data gap, in collaboration with smallholders' organisations. This study is the first attempt to begin to respond to this recommendation. Building on the recent study Innovative markets for sustainable agriculture. How innovations in market institutions encourage sustainable agriculture in developing countries (FAO, 2016a), and recognising the importance of agroecology in contributing to sustainable food systems, this exploratory study examines in detail 12 initiatives that have successfully built markets for agroecological products. It also builds on the stakeholders' discussion held during the researcher-practitioner workshop on innovative approaches for linking sustainable and agroecological production to markets in developing countries in Bogota, June 2016

Conservation agriculture

Conservation agriculture

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization, Sandra Corsi, Hafiz Muminjanov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2020

Agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is diverse, and has great potential to revitalize the economy of the countries in the region via improved productivity (efficiency) and higher total yield for food, fodder and fibre crops. Conservation agriculture can rise to the major challenge of making sustainable intensification of production systems a reality. In order for farmers to transition to appropriate sustainable production systems, the provision of an adequate enabling environment and access to knowledge and services, including extension, mechanization, inputs and market intelligence, are crucial. Farmer Field Schools are the best place for exchanging experience and knowledge about conservation agriculture, building the technical and scientific capacity of national partners, and thus moving towards widespread adoption and uptake of sustainable and viable agricultural practices.