Diversifying food and diets

Using agricultural biodiversity to improve nutrition and health

This volume explores the current state of knowledge on the role of agricultural biodiversity in improving diets, nutrition and food security. Using examples and case studies from around the globe, the book explores current strategies for improving nutrition and diets and identifies key research and implementation gaps that need to be addressed to successfully promote the better use of agricultural biodiversity for rural and urban populations and societies in transition.

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Introduction - Agricultural biodiversity, diverse diets

and improving nutrition

Chapter 1 - Harnessing biodiversity, from diets to landscapes

Chapter 2 - Overview of agricultural biodiversity for nutrition and health

Chapter 3 - Role of livestock and livestock diversity in sustainable diets

Chapter 4 - Valuing aquatic diversity in agricultural landscapes

Chapter 5 - Sub-Saharan Africa: Mobilizing agricultural biodiversity

Chapter 6 - Promotion of traditional food systems for nutrition security

Chapter 7 - Linking biodiversity and nutrition: research methodologies

Chapter 8 - Linking nutritionally promising Andean crops to markets

Chapter 9 - Biodiversity contribution to dietary diversity

Chapter 10 - Can cross-sectoral partnerships lever agricultural biodiversity?

Case Studies

Case Study 1 - Traditional foods of the Pacific

Case Study 2 - Home gardens and neglected species for food security in Nepal

Case Study 3 - Diversity of indigenous fruit trees in sub-Saharan Africa

Case Study 4 - Fish diversity and consumption in Bangladesh

Case Study 5 - Orange-fleshed sweet potato in Mozambican diets

Case Study 6 - Indigenous vegetables for profitability, nutrition and health in Africa

Case Study 7 - Agricultural biodiversity to improve nutrition and health in Asia

Case Study 8 - Minor millets in India: A neglected crop goes mainstream

Case Study 9 - Farmers markets and community gardens in Melbourne, Australia

Case Study 10 - Incredible Edible Todmorden

Case Study 11 - Cultivating health with leafy vegetables in Tanzania

Case Study 12 - Food Acquisition Programme in Brazil

Fanzo, J.; Hunter, D.; Borelli, T.; Mattei, F.(eds.)
Corporate Author:
Bioversity International, Rome (Italy)
Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity
400 p.
Earthscan from Routledge
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