Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity

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Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity

By Pablo B. Eyzaguirre (Editor); Olga F. Linares (Editor); Eyzaguirre (Editor)

Smithsonian Books (DC), Paperback, 9781588342881, 306pp.

Publication Date: July 6, 2010


Focusing on peoples throughout the tropical world, and including case studies from Cuba, Ethiopia, Ghana, Venezuela, and Vietnam, Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity explains how both rural and urban households manage home garden diversity in ways that enable them to cope with change, and adapt their crops to new situations.

After introducing theoretical and methodological aspects of studying home garden culture, scientists and conservationists present case studies of ways in which garden practices in tropical areas contribute to agricultural biodiversity and sustainability. Eyzaguirre and Linares conclude that home gardens play key roles as both cultural and biological spaces.

About the Author
Pablo B. Eyzaguirre is a senior scientist at the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute in Italy. Olga F. Linares is a senior staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.