Agro-culture gets its due
Let business lose
The first International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development, released on April 15, 2008, believes there should be a shift in agriculture to a 'multifunctional' style that recognizes the ecosystem service values as well as cultural values of agriculture. It suggests small-scale farming and agriculture free of genetic manipulation can be the answer to soaring food prices, hunger, social inequities and environmental disasters. The report was released at an intergovernmental plenary in Johannesburg, South Africa. "The iaastd is unique in the history of agricultural science assessments," said the executive summary, "in that it assesses both formal science and technology and local and traditional knowledge".
The release marked the end of a process that began in August 2002, when the World Bank and the Food and Agricultural Organization announced a global consultative process to determine whether such an assessment was needed.
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K P Prabhakaran Nair
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