Biodiversity in and around Farmlands Food and Nutritional Security and Rural Livelihoods
Ravikanth G, Vikram Aditya and Uma Shaanker R. 2020. Biodiversity in and around Farmlands: Food and Nutritional Security and Rural Livelihoods. Economic and Political Weekly 55 (49): 34-39
Vol. 55, Issue No. 49, 12 Dec, 2020
Farmlands and farm practices are increasingly getting homogenised due to the all-pervasive intensification of agriculture. Often blurred in this production maximising system is the biodiversity in and around farms—both wilderness and agricultural—that dots farm neighbourhoods. Unfortunately, unlike biodiversity associated with more recognisable landscapes, such as protected areas and nature reserves, loss of biodiversity in and around farms due to agricultural intensification has not gained as much attention as it deserves. This paper highlights the potential roles that it can play to address challenges of food and nutritional security and securing rural livelihoods by drawing upon specific case studies across India and elsewhere.
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Dr. G Ravikanth