In a world increasingly challenged by the need to integrate and understand highly specialized knowledge in a multidisciplinary way, this book is innovative and perhaps unique in addressing this challenge. ?It focuses on ideas, strategies, techniques and practices spanning many disciplines?at the interface of agriculture with: forestry, horticulture, plant physiology, genetics, ecology, soil science, food science, economics, and the social and environmental sciences as delivered by intensified and enriched agroforestry. Multifunctional Agriculture ?addresses this complexity, using case studies and insights from the needs of African farmers whose livelihoods are constrained by complex interactions between social, environmental and economic factors and problems underlying agricultural sustainability in Africa.?This book, therefore, provides an important resource for those trying to understand the role of agriculture in the achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals by providing easily implementable, practical and effective methodologies and practices.? Provides a single-source, comprehensive insight into agroforestry/ multifunctional agriculture, its potential, challenges, and progress Helps readers understand and assess potential opportunity through implementation Includes case studies and real-world insights that address common situations and the practical application of best practices Explores the role of multi-functional agriculture in mitigating climate change impacts, providing value-story beyond crop production Roger Leakey has diplomas in practical agriculture (NDA and CDA) and degrees in agricultural science (BSc, PhD, DSc), with truly global experience of field-based research in tropical agriculture, horticulture and forestry spanning nearly 50 years. He was Director of Research at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF 1993-1997) and Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Development of James Cook University, in Cairns, Australia (2001-2006). He has been Vice President of the International Society of Tropical Foresters and is Vice Chairman of the International Tree Foundation, a UK-based charity supporting development projects in Africa. He holds a number of Fellowships in learned societies, universities and international research centres. He was a Coordinating Lead Author in the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) which was approved by 58 governments in an Intergovernmental Plenary meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa in April 2008. This Assessment examined the impact of agricultural knowledge, science and technology on environmentally, socially and economically sustainable development worldwide over the last 50 years and suggested that to meet these challenges agriculture has to advance from a unifunctional focus on food production and to additionally embrace more environmental, social and economic goals - i.e. to become multifunctional.
This book is a compilation of recent global measures to conserve bio-resources and manage biotic and abiotic stresses. It highlights emerging issues related to agriculture, abiotic and biotic stress factors, ethnic knowledge, climate change and global warming, as well as natural resources and their sustainable management. It also focuses on the consolidated efforts of scientists and academics engaged in addressing a number of issues related to resource management and combating stresses in order to protect the Earth. Crop production and productivity have been significantly improved, however, there have been no corresponding practical advances in sustainable agriculture.This book offers a wide range of affordable approaches to managing bio-resources with a focus on sustainability. Lastly, it describes research highlights and future areas of research. Ratikanta Maiti, Ph.D., D.Sc., is a renowned Botanist of international repute with specialization in crop Physiology and Botany. He worked for nine years as a senior botanist in Jute Agricultural Research Institute, Barrackpore (I.C.A.R.), Kolkata, West Bengal, and for 10 years as a senior Plant Physiologist in ICRISAT, Patancheru, A.P., India. Then, he worked as Senior Professor and Senior Research Scientist (CONACYT, Mexico, for 18 years) in two Universities in Mexico for 20 years. During his scientific career, he has developed innovative techniques for the screening of salinity and drought of several crops. As author of more than 30 books, he has won several international awards such as international Scientist award offered by IBC, Cambridge and Ehanobotanist Award-2003 sponsored by Friends University, U.S.A. and U.N.D.P. and gold medal for India 2008 offered ABI. Dr. Ch. Aruna Kumari is working as Assistant Professor, Department of Crop Physiology, at Agricultural College, Jagtial, Professor Jaya Shankar Telangana State Agricultural University. She has seven years of Research Experience in varied ICAR Institutes and in seed industry (Vibha Seeds). She is the Recipient of CSIR Fellowship, Govt. of India during her doctoral studies. She has been an Author in 2 books viz., Glossary in Plant Physiology, Advances in Cotton, Chilli. Her field of specialization is Seed Dormancy. Narayan Chandra Sarkar is a faculty member at Visva-Bharati, Department of ASEPAN, Palli Siksha Bhavana (Institute of Agricultural Sciences), Sriniketan, West Bengal, India. He has worked in Vibha Seeds, Syngenta India Ltd and Nagaland University. He has received his PhD in Agronomy from Indian Agricultural Research Institute in 2005. His current research area is soil fertility in rice. Ashok Kumar Thakur is a faculty member at the Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Department of Seed Science and Technology, in district Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India. He has obtained Ph.D. in 2002 in Horticulture with specialization in Vegetable Breeding from same working University. He has 25 research publications, 04 manuals/books, 06 book chapters and 07 extension publications in the form of popular articles, folders etc. He has experience in working with Vibha Seeds, Bharti Delmonte India Pvt Ltd, ACME Cold Chain Solutions Pvt Ltd. His current area of research is vegetable seed technology.