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Mainstreaming Agrobiodiversity in Sustainable Food Systems

Scientific Foundations for an Agrobiodiversity Index

The book is the first step in the process of creating such an index, which can measure agricultural biodiversity across different dimensions. The concept grew from the observation – based on a scientific paper on levels of crop diversity produced compared to levels of crop diversity imported – that juxtaposing data from very different fields connected with agricultural biodiversity can yield novel and practical insights. There is a need to measure and understand biodiversity in rapid, cost-efficient ways, going beyond just numbers, to connect also with policy decisions by countries and companies on best practices to foster diversity. Expected benefits are being able to identify and steer opportunities for change towards sustainable food systems, and being able to better measure and manage progress towards global targets such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Private companies and finance institutions are also interested in its applicability to measure the sustainability of investments, green bonds and company purchasing policies, while farmer organizations and consumer associations can use it to influence programmes and policies

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Author: Walter de Boef, Marie Haga, Lindiwe Sibanda, Prof. MS Swaminathan, Paul Winters
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Organization: Bioversity International
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Year: 2017
ISBN: 978-92-9255-070-7
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Type: Book
Content language: English
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