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By Josef Nösberger, Hartwig H Geiger, Paul C Struik

This booklet contains keynote invited papers from the 3rd foreign Crop technology Congress held in Hamburg, Germany in August 2000. All papers were ready and revised inside strict editorial guidance to make sure that the paintings is a balanced overview textual content that gives an summary of the most important concerns confronting crop technology this present day and sooner or later. It for this reason represents an appropriate complicated textbook for college kids in addition to providing examine staff concise overviews of issues adjoining to their parts of study. individuals contain prime global experts from Europe, North and South the USA, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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The Food and Environment Tightrope. The Crawford Fund, ACIAR, Canberra, pp. 86–96. Crosson, P. (1995) Future supplies of land and water for world agriculture. In: Islam, N. ) Population and Food in the Early Twenty First Century: Meeting Food Demands of an Increasing Population. IFPRI, Washington, DC. Drechsel, P. T. (2001) Land pressure and soil nutrient depletion in sub-Saharan Africa. J. and Sambanpanit, S. (eds) Response to Land Degradation. Oxford, New Delhi. E. (1990) Erosion and soil productivity in Africa.

Forecasting Global Food Supply Yield gains and yield gaps Projections made by the IMPACT model suggest little difficulty in achieving food security. In fact, decreasing cereal prices are predicted in the baseline scenario to 2020. , 1995). Like the econometric model, these simulations also predict adequate food production capacity at global and regional scales. Critical assumptions in the Penning de Vries et al. (1995) study are that crops utilize all available arable land and water resources as required to meet food demand and that plant growth is not limited by nutrients or pests.

Pagiola (2001) adds that: Widespread land degradation not only affects agricultural production and watershed-scale natural resources, but may also have global environmental impacts. Terrestrial ecosystems are an important carbon sink, and declining above- and belowground biomass due to degradation can reduce this sink. Land degradation may also reduce biodiversity by forcing farmers to clear additional land or reducing native vegetation in agricultural areas. In an optimistic view, Greenland et al.

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