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Feeding a Hungry Planet
Author: James Lang

ISBN: 9780807845936
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 29 September 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 1.27 x 15.88 x 23.5
Rice is the food crop the world depends on most. In "Feeding a Hungry Planet," James Lang demonstrates how research has benefited rice growers and increased production. He describes the life cycle of a rice crop and explains how research is conducted and how the results end up growing in a farmer's field. Focusing on Asia and Latin America, Lang explores lowland and upland rice systems, genetics, sustainable agriculture, and efforts to narrow the gap between yields at research stations and those on working farms. Ultimately says Lang, the ability to feed growing populations and protect fragile ecologies depends as much on the sustainable on-site farm technologies as on high-yielding crop varieties.

Lang views agriculture as a chain of events linking the farmer's field with the scientist's laboratory, and he argues that rice cultivation is shaped by different social systems, cultures, and environments. Describing research conducted by the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia, he shows how national programs tailor research to their own production problems. Accordin...

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