agricultural land water Books

  • Prospects for Saline Agriculture

    Saline land is a resource capable of significant production. Recent advances in research in breeding for salt tolerance in wheat, biotechnology in rice, and selection and rehabilitation of salt-tolerant plants are of economic importance in arid/saline conditions.This book gives some practical approaches for saline agriculture and afforestation, ...

  • Managing Agricultural Landscapes

    The “Managing Agricultural Landscapes for Environmental Quality: Strengthening the Science Base” workshop was one of a series of activities the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) has undertaken in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). The purpose of CEAP can be ...

  • Agro-MAPS. A global spatial database of subnational agricultural land-use statistics (CD-ROM) (English)

    Series: FAO Land and Water Digital Media Series - CD-ROM(Updated: June 2006) This CD-ROM contains recent statistics on crop production, area harvested and crop yields, aggregated by subnational administrative districts, for more than 130 countries, in seven geographic regions (Africa, Asia, Near East in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, North ...

  • Syrian agriculture at the crossroads (En)

    Series: FAO Agricultural Policy and Economic Development SeriesThis publication presents a review of past and current agricultural policies in the Syrian Arab Republic. Part One illustrates the conditions and the contribution of the agriculture sector to the national economy. Part Two examines the economics of the main subsectors in agriculture; ...

  • Agriculture as a Mimic of Natural Ecosystems

    This book critically examines the idea that the sustainability of agriculture could be improved by mimicking the structure and processes occurring in natural ecosystems. Researchers from around the world present comparative studies of multi-species farming systems, natural ecosystems and conventional agriculture. Case studies from Europe, ...

  • Mycorrhizae: Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry

    Mycorrhizal fungi are microbial engines which improve plant vigor and soil quality. They play a crucial role in plant nutrient uptake, water relations, ecosystem establishment, plant diversity, and the productivity of plants. Scientific research involves multidisciplinary approaches to understand the adaptation of mycorrhizae to the rhizosphere, ...

  • Biosaline Agriculture and Salinity Tolerance in Plants

    The availability of freshwater for agricultural use is declining in many areas of the world. This is the reason for the increasing use of lower quality or of saline water for crop production. Prolonged use of saline water severely affects the irrigated soils, which contributes to the global land degradation process and has direct impact on biomass ...

  • Development and Management of Irrigated Lands in Tigray, Ethiopia

    Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is characterised by famine as a result of high population pressure, resource base degradation, and insufficient rainfall for rainfed agriculture. On the other hand, it is endowed with a huge annual water resource potential of about 110 billion cubic metres, a potentially irrigable land of ...

  • Biological Nitrogen Fixation for Sustainable Agriculture

    Chemical fertilizers have had a significant impact on food production in the recent past, and are today an indispensable part of modern agriculture. On the other hand, the oil crisis of the 1970s and the current Middle East problems are constant reminders of the vulnerability of our fossil fuel dependent agriculture. There are vast areas of ...

  • Agricultural Development Policy. Concepts and Experiences (En)

    'Agricultural Development Policy: Concepts and Experiences' , prepared under the aegis of the Policy Assistance Division of FAO, presents a fresh and comprehensive look at agricultural development policy. It provides a clear, systematic review of important classes of policy issues in developing countries and discusses the emerging international ...

  • Agrometeorology: Principles and Applications of Climate Studies in Agriculture

    Agrometeorology: Principles and Applications of Climate Studies in Agriculture is a much-needed reference resource on the practice of merging the science of meteorology with the service of agriculture. Written in a concise, straightforward style, the book presents examples of clinical applications (methods, techniques, models, and services) in ...

  • Training modules on Conservation Agriculture. CD-ROM (En)

    Series: FAO Land and Water Digital Media SeriesConservation Agriculture aims to conserve, improve and make more efficient use of natural resources through integrated management of available soil, water and biological resources combined with external inputs. It contributes to environmental conservation as well as to enhanced and sustained ...

  • Summary of world food and agricultural statistics 2003 (En)

    This report shows a broad range of statistics pertaining to world food and agriculture. It presents, where appropriate, the differences between developed and developing countries, continents and regions. It is hoped that managers and policy-makers dealing with international issues relating to food and agriculture will find the tables useful. The ...

  • Maryland Farmland Conservation: Supporting Sustainable Use of Land through Tax Policy Report

    Maryland’s population is increasing rapidly while the state continues to lose its agricultural lands. This study explores Maryland’s primary tax measures affecting agriculture, the agricultural use assessment (AUA) and the agricultural land transfer tax (ATT), in order to determine whether these related tax programs could be improved ...

  • Conservation Agriculture...when agriculture is profitable and sustainable. - Agricultura de Conservación...cuando la agricultura es rentable y sosteni

    Series: FAO Land and Water Digital Media Series - CD-ROMThis CD-ROM contains detailed information and literature about Conservation Agriculture to improve the knowledge base of those interested in this concept of sustainable agriculture. It will provide technical staff as well as policy-makers with information and arguments that will help to ...

  • Water Requirements for Irrigation and the Environment

    Irrigated agriculture produces about 40% of all food and fibre on about 16% of all cropped land. As such, irrigated agriculture is a productive user of resources; both in terms of yield per cropped area and in yield per volume of water consumed. Many irrigation projects, however, use (divert or withdraw) much more water than consumed by the crop. ...

  • Conservation of natural resources for sustainable agriculture: training modules. Rev. 1 - Conservación de los recursos naturales para una agricultura

    Series: FAO Land and Water Digital Media Series - CD-ROMThe objective of these training modules are to raise awareness of Conservation Agriculture benefits and to provide material for technical training for promoters who are much in demand at training, seminar and field days. This CD-ROM provides practical information about the different ...

  • Outgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures

    In recent months, rising oil prices have focused the world’s attention on the depletion of oil reserves. But the depletion of underground water resources from overpumping is a far more serious issue. Excessive pumping for irrigation to satisfy food needs today almost guarantees a decline in food production tomorrow.There are substitutes for ...

  • Global map of irrigation areas (version 4.o.1) (En)

    Series: FAO Land and Water Digital Media Series - CD-ROMIn global studies related to water use, food production or climate change, knowing the location of irrigate agriculture is important in order to assess better the impact of water use on the available water resources. The Global map of irrigation areas shows the amount of area equipped for ...

  • Managing Organic Matter in Tropical Soils: Scope and Limitations

    Soil organic matter is a reservoir for plant nutrients, provides water-holding capacity, stabilizes soil structure against compaction and erosion, and thus determines soil productivity. All agriculture to some degree depends on soil organic matter. It has long been known that soil organic matter declines when land is taken into cultivation, and ...

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