Cultivated Capital: Agriculture, Food Systems and Sustainable Development
AbstractCultivated 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in its series Working Papers in Food Policy and Nutrition with number 15.
Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 23 Sep 2002
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- O13 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
- Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
- N5 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries
- Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
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