Rethinking Food and Agriculture - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128164105

Rethinking Food and Agriculture

1st Edition

New Ways Forward

Editors: Amir Kassam Laila Kassam
Paperback ISBN: 9780128164105
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st June 2020
Page Count: 312
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Rethinking Food and Agriculture: New Ways Forward presents the foundational causes of agricultural land degradation that are embedded in conventional tillage agriculture and elaborates on what must change in order to achieve sustainable production intensification as a basis for responsible land stewardship. The book addresses the sustainable management of agricultural soil systems as biological systems, integrating and implementing agro-ecological principles and using responsible land management practices for both perennial and annual cropping systems. Other sections of note include sustainable forest land management, policy and institutional support for responsible land use.

In addition, it further explains what is not right with the conventional tillage agriculture and how it can be transformed into a responsible and sustainable economic activity which is also ecologically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

Key Features

  • Reveals the root causes of land-use degradation and the over-use of land resources
  • Explores a paradigm of agriculture that is sustainable, efficient, resilient and allows for harnessing of ecosystem services under intensive land use
  • Identifies the farming and societal changes necessary for agriculture, food habits and choices to contribute to responsible behaviors at national and international levels
  • Presents key insights on regenerative agriculture, responsible diets, corporate, political and societal choices


Given the multi-stakeholder nature of the book, it is intended for students, academics, professionals, researchers, educationalists, activists, service providers and decision-makers in the public, private and civil sectors, extension staff of development agencies, staff of international and national development and technical assistance agencies

Table of Contents

1. Questioning the status quo
2. Drivers of change in food and agriculture systems: a historical perspective
3. The political economy of the global food and agriculture system
4. Impacts of the current food and agriculture system
5. A new paradigm for agriculture?
6. Soil and agroecosystems as living biological systems in sustainable agriculture
7. Climate change adaptability and mitigation in sustainable agriculture
8. Seed biodiversity management systems for responsible agriculture and food systems
9. Responsible biotechnology for sustainable agriculture and food systems
10. Healthy diets as a guide for responsible food systems
11. Co-creating responsible food and agriculture systems
12. Knowledge systems in supporting responsible food and agriculture systems
13. Social institutions and movements in the transformation of food and agriculture systems
14. The role of national governments and the international community in supporting responsible food and agriculture systems
15. Summing up: Making responsible food and agriculture systems a reality


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About the Editor

Amir Kassam

Amir Kassam FRSB, OBE, is visiting professor in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading, and a member of the global forum of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Reading, UK

Laila Kassam

Laila Kassam is a social scientist and has been working in rural development since 2003, and since 2009 she has been mainly consulting for the CGIAR and FAO, doing research. Her training and interests are weighted to Volume 2. The two editors have adequate combined strength to manage the overall theme of the book and the specific chapter topics of both volumes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Everyday Justice, London, UK

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