Tropical supply chains play a part behind the products we consume in the sustainable development of Southern countries. Tropical supply chains linking agricultures and other economic sectors are undergoing deep-seated technical, economic and social transformations. In a context of globalisation, the supply chains are involved in sustainable development approaches and incorporate environmental and social concerns. This work is based on scientific progress and concrete situations of agri-food chains in Southern countries.
How can food security be addressed whilst adapting to and mitigating climate change? What are the main threats weighing on southern agricultures? How do southern farmers respond to these threats? What does agronomic research propose? Which paths have yet to be explored?
This work answers these questions with a summary of some twenty research programmes conducted in miscellaneous countries and which relate to the entire planet.
This is a most welcome book this year - 2014 - declared the International Year of Family Farming by the United Nations. It reviews the most used approaches to analyse and understand family farming that is at the heart of world agricultures. It is vital to define family farming clearly to encompass better the challenges and place it in a more global context, so that its contribution to development that is both sustainable and fairer can be judged. This form of production is thus at the heart of debates on agricultural development.