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Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development, 2nd Edition by Barry Pound, Sieglinde Snapp

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Chapter 14

Tying It All Together

Global, Regional, and Local Integrations

Malcolm Blackie

Abstract

One in three individuals on the planet suffers from malnutrition, a major constraint on sustainable development. Poverty alleviation and food security have to be arranged around low food prices (as many of the rural poor are net purchasers of food), efficient production methods, and reliable, profitable farm enterprises. This allows the poor to use their limited cash to invest in better housing, education, and health care.

Efficiency and consistency are the guiding principles in developing a productive, commercialized, and profitable agricultural sector. It requires wide and diverse participation, specifically involving the poor and vulnerable, ...

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