This book describes how farmers and rural people in the southern caucasus
maintain biodiversity and apply the ecosystem approach in their daily
lives and agricultural practices. These practices contribute to their food
security and livelihoods while also maintaining local genetic resources.
This book does not claim to offer a definitive prescription for
sustainable agriculture and is not an exhaustive study. It puts forth a
collection of concrete examples showing how genetic resources are
maintained and used by small farmers for food security in the Southern
Caucasus. These examples show that the livelihoods and prospects of rural
people can be improved and consolidated in a sustainable manner to face
important environmental, social and economic challenges without
sacrificing the prosperity of future generations. The book would like to
stimulate further debate, research and policies in the hope that bridges
can be built between the sustainable use of biodiversity and genetic
resources, traditional practices and ways of life, and the new
technologies, demands and challenges of today’s society.