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Problems to agricultural sustainability in developing countries and a potential solution: diversity

Punya P. Regmi (Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand)
Karl E. Weber (Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 1 July 2000

Abstract

Problems addressed, in reporting from relevant sources, include population pressure, subsistence agriculture, rural poverty, natural resource depletion with emphasis on deforestation, land degradation, decline in productivity, resource rich/urban biased policies, and gender disparities. Compounded, these problems, which if isolated already pose tough challenges, seem to form an insurmountable barrier in the development path toward sustainable agriculture. Efforts made so far have had impacts below expectations. Recognizing biodiversity as the key stepping stone, the proposition is outlined that prospects will be improved significantly through the recognition of the great potential of diversity in human and technical resources as well. Needed are in‐depth research and thorough multidimensional analyses, to formulate an alternative strategy geared to mobilize the synergy yet hidden in the potential of the three‐pronged resource diversity.

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Regmi, P.P. and Weber, K.E. (2000), "Problems to agricultural sustainability in developing countries and a potential solution: diversity", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 27 No. 7/8/9/10, pp. 788-801. https://doi.org/10.1108/03068290010335226

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