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Global Environmental Change and Agriculture

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Global Environmental Change and Agriculture

Assessing the Impacts

9781858986319 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by George Frisvold, Associate Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona, US and Betsey Kuhn, Director of the Food and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, US
Publication Date: 1999 ISBN: 978 1 85898 631 9 Extent: 368 pp
Global Environmental Change and Agriculture offers a comprehensive perspective on the causes, consequences and possible policy solutions for climatic change as we move into the twenty-first century. It assesses the impact of potential future global climate change on agriculture and the need to sustain agricultural growth for economic development.

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Global Environmental Change and Agriculture offers a comprehensive perspective on the causes, consequences and possible policy solutions for climatic change as we move into the twenty-first century. It assesses the impact of potential future global climate change on agriculture and the need to sustain agricultural growth for economic development.

The book begins by examining the role of international research institutions in overcoming environmental constraints on sustainable agricultural growth and economic development. The authors then discuss how agricultural research systems may be restructured to respond to global environmental problems such as climate change and loss of genetic diversity. The discussion then extends to consider environmental accounting and indexing, to illustrate how environmental quality can be included formally in measures of national income, social welfare and sustainability. The third part of the book focuses on the effects of and policy responses to climate change. Chapters examine the effect of climate change on production, trade, land use patterns and livelihoods. They consider impacts on the distribution of income between developed and developing countries and between different social classes within the developing world, where agriculture remains a major economic activity. Authors take on an economy-wide perspective to draw lessons for agricultural, trade, land use and tax policy.

This book will be of special interest to agricultural, development and environmental economists as well as policy analysts in government and at international agencies confronting practical problems of environmental and economic assessment.
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‘. . . as a review of the state of knowledge and research on the subject, particularly concerning the agricultural consequences of climate change, it is highly recommended.’
– Clive Potter, Environment
Contributors
Contributors: I. Adelman, R. Darwin, A. de Janvry, K. Eakin, G. Frisvold, E. Hardy Golan, J. Hrubovcak, H.M. Kaiser, M. Knudson, B. Kuhn, M. LeBlanc, J. Lewandrowski, R. Murgai, I.W.H. Parry, A. Raneses, V.W. Ruttan, E. Sadoulet, D. Schimmelpfennig, M. Tsigas, S. Vogel, P. Winters, G. Yohe
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Contents: 1. Introduction Part I: Global Environmental Change: Implications for Agricultural Research Systems 2. Research Systems for Sustainable Agricultural Development 3. Agricultural Diversity: Do We Have the Resources to Meet Future Needs? Part II: Environmental Accounting and Indexing 4. Environmental Distortions and Welfare Consequences in a Social Accounting Matrix Framework 5. Environmental Accounting and Agriculture 6. Vulnerability of Crops to Climate Change: A Practical Method of Indexing Part III: Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation 7. Assessing Research on the Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture 8. Climate Change and Agriculture: Effects on Developing Countries 9. Climate Change, World Agriculture and Land Use 10. Carbon Abatement: Lessons from Second-Best Economics
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