Pathways to Sustainable Agricultural Development
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In this chapter, we describe the design and implementation of more sustainable development pathways based on two components. Participatory processes choose indicators and set goals; and science-based tools evaluate system performance along the envisioned pathways. Implementation processes design technologies and policies that incentivize changes in the behavior of consumers and producers. The complexity of agricultural systems means there is no one-size-fits-all solutions to sustainable agricultural development. The political and governance challenges of implementation remain daunting. Yet, we are cautiously optimistic since the tools to design and implement more sustainable agricultural development pathways for both developing and industrialized countries are advancing rapidly and becoming widely available, creating opportunities for progress as citizens, businesses, and governments throughout the world recognize the imperative of sustainable development.
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