By Alessandra Giuliani

�This amazing booklet demonstrates how rural livelihoods - in addition to diets, future health and methods of existence - are more suitable through the so-called �neglected and underutilized plant species� which, within the book�s Syrian case examine, comprise such deliciously fascinating issues as capers, laurel, jujube and figs. utilizing worth chain research the writer illuminates the possibilities for strengthening arid land economies with realization to such species, whereas at the same time holding the variety and integrity of these plant genomes, landscapes and cultures. And conserving the realm worthy tasting.� KEN WILSON, govt DIRECTOR OF THE CHRISTENSEN FUND �Alexandra Giuliani supplies a resounding and intensely useful account of the way biodiversity items derived from missed and underutilized plant species input the markets in Syria. by way of highlighting the worth of those plant items for the family members source of revenue and overall healthiness prestige of marginal farmer households in rural drylands and semi-arid parts, she brings the message domestic as to why it's so vital to take care of biodiversity of the genetic assets now not through defense by myself, yet fairly via their sensible use.� KATHARINA JENNY, SENIOR consultant, FEDERAL division OF international AFFAIRS, SWISS corporation FOR improvement AND COOPERATION simply 4 plants - maize, potatoes, rice and wheat - offer greater than ninety in line with cent of the world�s nutrition. previous different types of even those plants are disappearing as farmers and shoppers try for extra uniformity in nutrients items. This in flip impacts much less visible parts, comparable to bugs that play a task in pollinating crops or controlling pests and the soil organisms that aid crops extract food from the soil. additionally, farmers want a large base of agrobiodiversity in order to reply and adapt to environmental alterations and to enhance their creation. this can be in particular very important within the face of weather swap and altering monetary and political pressures. This e-book from Bioversity overseas describes a learn carried out in Syria of the way groups are constructing markets for neighborhood items derived from missed and underutilized crops. in accordance with concrete case experiences, the knowledge and strategies documented during this e-book exhibit the potential for biodiversity to make an important contribution to livelihood protection in groups that inhabit tough environments with special assets. The examine additionally highlights the significance of neighborhood cultural wisdom and associations in sustainable improvement of biodiversity markets. released with Bioversity foreign.

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