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Handbook on the Globalisation of Agriculture

Edited by Guy M. Robinson, Editor, Land Use Policy and Professor, Department of Geography, Environment & Population, University of Adelaide, Australia and Doris A. Carson, Researcher, Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, Sweden
This Handbook provides insights to the ways in which globalisation is affecting the whole agri-food system from farms to the consumer. It covers themes including the physical basis of agriculture, the influence of trade policies, the nature of globalised agriculture, and resistance to globalisation in the form of attempts to foster greater sustainability and multifunctional agricultural systems. Drawing upon studies from around the world, the Handbook will appeal to a broad and varied readership, across academics, students, and policy-makers interested in economics, trade, geography, sociology and political science.
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Publication Date: 2015
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Agriculture is becoming increasingly influenced by globalisation. The result is a more interconnected world where new forms of trade and cultural exchange can thrive on an international level. This novel Handbook provides insights to the ways in which globalisation is affecting the whole agri-food system, from farms to the consumer.

The expert contributors cover themes including the physical basis of agriculture, the influence of trade policies, the nature of globalised agriculture, and resistance to globalisation in the form of attempts to foster sustainability and multifunctional agricultural systems. They present a state-of-the-art summary of current debates and provide a starting point for subsequent research into solutions aimed at addressing food insecurity, global hunger and uneven development.

Drawing upon studies from around the world, the Handbook will appeal to a broad and varied readership, across academics, students, and policy-makers interested in economics, trade, geography, sociology and political science.
‘Guy Robinson and Doris Carson have assembled a wonderfully comprehensive and timely book that both reveals and joins together the many and varied elements of diverse contemporary agriculture and food production systems. The book stands as a valuable scan of the diverse forces and processes of change in agriculture and also makes visible, through its various and well-chosen case analyses, the abiding and sometimes colliding roles of structure, agency, power and place in shaping farm and food futures.’
– John Smithers, University of Guelph, Canada

‘An excellent, timely and innovative contribution to the wide-ranging debates on the globalisation of agriculture. The book brings together a wide array of authors who approach agricultural globalisation issues from various angles spanning both the social and natural sciences, including key contributions on agriculture/environment issues, food security challenges, policy regimes, transnational corporations, and challenges of an increasingly globalised agriculture.’
– Geoff A. Wilson, Plymouth University, UK
Contributors: K. Anderson, D.K. Bardsley, P. Basu, A. Blay-Palmer, S. Bringezu, L. Bryant, D. Burch, D.A. Carson, A. Dorward, J. Entwistle, S.J. Fielke, D. Fuchs, T. Gomiero, W. Grant, P. Hoppe, B. Ilbery, A. Kalfagianni, J. Klepek, I. Knezevic, G. Lawrence, T. Li, Y. Liu, H. Long, D. Maye, J. Morrison, S. Nicholson, M. O’Brien, A. Omer, C.R. Parfitt, K.E. Rickson, R.E. Rickson, D.F. Robinson, G.M. Robinson, N. Russell, B.A. Scholten, H. Schütz, S.R. Sippel, R. Taylor, B. Winders





Contents:

1. The Globalisation of Agriculture: Introducing the Handbook
Guy M. Robinson and Doris A. Carson

PART I THE PHYSICAL BASIS OF AGRICULTURE
2. Agriculture and Environment: Fundamentals and Future Perspectives
Ros Taylor and Jane Entwistle

3. Effects of Agricultural Activities on Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Organic versus Conventional Farming
Tiziano Gomiero

4. Measuring and Managing the Global Agricultural Foot-print of Countries’ Consumption
Stefan Bringezu, Helmut Schütz and Meghan O’Brien

5. Meeting the Food Security Challenge through Sustainable Intensification
Noel Russell and Amani Omer

PART II GLOBALISATION AND POLICY REGIMES
6. Agricultural Trade
Wyn Grant

7. US Agricultural Policy and the Globalization of World Agriculture
Bill Winders

8. Contributions of Trade Reforms to Agriculture’s Globalization
Kym Anderson

9. Heroes, Villains and Victims: Agricultural Subsidies and Their Impacts on Food Security and Poverty Reduction
Andrew Dorward and Jamie Morrison

10. Agricultural Production in China under Globalization
Hualou Long, Yansui Liu and Tingting Li

PART III GLOBALISATION AND TRANS-NATIONAL CORPORATIONS
11. Geographies and Histories of the Green Revolution: From Global Flows to Place-based Experiences
Pratyusha Basu and James Klepek

12. Biotechnology and the Global Food Riots: Why Genetically Modified Foods Will Not End World Hunger
Simon Nicholson

13. Private Agrifood Governance and the Challenges for Sustainability
Agni Kalfagianni and Doris Fuchs

14. Trade-related Intellectual Property: Implications for the Global Seed Industry, Food Sovereignty and Farmers’ Rights
Claire R. Parfitt and Daniel F. Robinson

15. The Financialization of Food and Farming
Geoffrey Lawrence, Sarah Ruth Sippel and David Burch

16. All You Need is Export? Moroccan Farmers Juggling Global and Local Markets
Sarah Ruth Sippel

17. Inequality Regimes in Food Processing Industries
Lia Bryant

18. Global Companies and Local Community Relations: Power, Access and Partnership in Food Production and Rural Resource Development
Roy E. Rickson, Kara E. Rickson, Peter Hoppe and David Burch

PART IV CHALLENGES TO THE GLOBALISATION OF AGRICULTURE
19. Multifunctional Agricultural Transition: Essential for Local Diversity in a Globalised World
Simon James Fielke

20. Recreating Diversity for Resilient and Adaptive Agricultural Systems
Douglas K. Bardsley

21. The Changing Dynamics of Alternative Agri-food Networks: A European Perspective
Brian Ilbery and Damian Maye

22. Building Sustainable Communities through Alternative Food Systems
Alison Blay-Palmer and Irena Knezevic

23. The ‘White Revolution’ and Dual Dairy Economy Structures
Bruce A. Scholten

Index