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This short concept paper explores in a preliminary fashion some of the linkages between biodiversity and agriculture.  The main conclusion is that biodiversity conservation and agricultural development are co-dependent.  Biodiversity is an essential resource to improve agriculture, and little biodiversity will ultimately survive unless the peoples' needs for agricultural products are met.  If agriculture is not intensified on areas already in production, then many of the remaining wildlife habitats will be destroyed as people attempt to eke out a living by cutting down forests, draining wetlands, and plowing savannas that have hitherto served as havens for wildlife.

Publication Details

  • Publisher: World Bank
  • ISBN-10: 0821336169
  • Dewey Decimal: 333.951
  • ECHO Library: 333.951 SRI