The concept of local food is appealing to many consumers. But it is difficult to define what actually constitutes local food. Given the globalised nature of agricultural markets, bread baked in a small village bakery in England may be made from grain grown in Canada. Similarly, many of the inputs to a West Country dairy farm selling local ice cream may come from outside the UK.One of the purported advantages of local food relates to red
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 irrigation around the turn of the tewnty-firts century as a percentage of the total area on a
Series: Environment and Natural Resources SeriesThis monograph is part of a series of reports that explain how techniques of spatial analysis can be used to investigate poverty and environment links worldwide. It combines rural population distribution data contained in the global rural population database for the year 2000 with methods and results of the "Global agro-ecological assessment for agriculture in the 21st century", in order t
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 America and Oceania). The statistics are linked to unique identifier codes of the administ
Series: FAO Land and Water Digital Media Series - CD-ROMThis CD-ROM contains information on soil, terrain and climatic conditions worldwide, which forms the basis for global assessment of potential crop productivity. Numerous downloadable maps, tables, a report on the methodology and results, and an executive summary report illustrating the main findings may also be found here. [System requirements: An installed Web browser with JavaScr
This book aims to present the state of the world's deserts, their peoples and their wildlife and also provides a basis for action. It reveals the beauty of desert landscapes and their ecology, and the cultures of the desert peoples. It examines the impact of the changes in global climate and the effects of recent catastrophes. The extensive atlas section of the book maps the world's deserts region by region, charting their growth, agricultural ...