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Cultivated Capital: Agriculture, Food Systems and Sustainable Development

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  • Patrick Webb
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    Cultivated capital lies at the heart of concerns about sustainable development for 3 reasons: First, sustaining agricultural productivity is essential to meeting the world’s still growing demand for food. Without adequate food consumption, nutrition and labour productivity are impaired, which in turn limits the pace of economic growth and poverty alleviation. Second, removing poverty requires income growth among the rural poor, many of whom continue to rely on agriculture-based economic systems which generate not just food but also income, fuel, employment, services, and demand for non-food inputs. Third, removing rural food insecurity is a prerequisite to sustaining natural ecosystems since it is the poor who are forced to over-exploit local resources to survive today, thereby compromising their chances of survival in the longer-term. This paper explores interactions among ecology, agriculture and food security with a focus on least developed countries.

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    Paper provided by Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in its series Working Papers in Food Policy and Nutrition with number 15.

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    Length: 14 pages
    Date of creation: 23 Sep 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:fsn:wpaper:15

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    1. David Barkin, 2005. "Wealth, Poverty and Sustainable Development," Development and Comp Systems 0506003, EconWPA.
    2. Rosegrant, Mark W. & Paisner, Michael S. & Meijer, Siet & Witcover, Julie, 2001. "2020 Global food outlook," Food policy reports 30, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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