Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity is the new series that has recently been published by Earthscan in association with Bioversity International.
The aim of the series is to review the current state of knowledge in topical issues in agricultural biodiversity, to identify gaps in the knowledge base and to synthesize lessons learned as well as to propose future research and development actions. The series’ scope is all aspects of agricultural biodiversity , ranging from conservation biology of genetic resources through to social sciences, and policy, legal aspects.
The first two titles of this series have recently been published:
Crop wild relatives (CWR) are plant species which are more or less closely related to crops. They are a vital resource by providing a pool of genetic variation that can be used in breeding new and better adapted varieties of crops that are resistant to stress, disease, drought and other factors.
Recent research co-ordinated by Bioversity International has produced a wealth of information on good practices and lessons learned for their effective conservation. This book captures the important practical experiences of countries participating in this work and describes them for the wider conservation community. It includes case studies and examples from Armenia, Bolivia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan, which are important centres of diversity for crop wild relatives, and covers four geographical regions – the Caucasus, South America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific Region. It provides practical, relevant information and guidance for the scaling-up of actions targeting CWR conservation around the world. [text taken from back cover]
The purpose of this book is to assess a variety of economic issues as they relate to agro-biodiversity and show how addressing these issues can assist in agro-biodiversity policy-making. This is illustrated using empirical data from some of the countries (Ethiopia, Nepal and Zambia) which are part of the Genetic Resources Policy Initiative. The empirical chapters apply the relevant economic methods, including regression analysis, choice experiments, hedonic pricing, contingent valuation and farm business income analysis. [text taken from back cover]
Watch this space, more issues in this series are forthcoming in 2011.