Mountain agriculture is a socially and culturally unique system, but also a regionally important economic sector. In a globalising world, it is clear that fertile areas on all continents will always be used to produce large quantities of agricultural products in order to feed the world and, increasingly, provide biomass as a source of energy. It is far less clear, however, how land use in steep and more peripheral regions will evolve. By definition, farmland in mountain areas is more difficult to work because of steep slopes and missing accessibility. Climate conditions and poor soil quality often add to these adverse conditions.
Through overcoming limited views from one region only or from one discipline, this book intends to draw a first truly international perspective on the issue of mountain farming.
"This book is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in how highland farmers are responding to the same changes that are roiling lowland agriculture. The 9 chapters are engaging and methodically researched. The authors include significant quantitative data to support their assertions on the sociocultural dynamics in their respective areas. ... Prospective researchers would do well to apply the approach used in this volume." (Stephen F. Cunha, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 35 (2), May, 2015)
Going beyond the usual regional perspective to afford a uniquely global and interdisciplinary view of agricultural trends in the world's mountain ranges, this volume explores the potential contribution of high-altitude farming to food and biofuel production.
Herausgeber Stefan Mann
Stefan Mann, Agrarökonom und Volkswirt, leitet seit 2002 die Forschungsgruppe Sozioökonomie der Forschungseinheit agroscope im Eidgenössischen Volkswirtschaftsdepartement.
Größe 235 x 160 x 155 mm
Produktgewicht 444 g
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