The Fertile Crescent (FC) is a high biodiversity region where most temperate-zone agricultural species originated and were first domesticated. A favourable environment, a special plant community and an adaptive population combined to initiate the transition from a hunter-gatherer economy to one based on agriculture and food production in the Fertile Crescent.
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Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 2017Asia
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationMarch, 2017Africa, South America, Central America, Asia
Improving land productivity is essential to meet increasing food and forage demands in hillside and mountain communities. Tens of millions of smallholder terrace farmers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America who earn $1-2 per day do not have access to peer-reviewed knowledge of best agronomic practices, though they have considerable traditional ecological knowledge. Terrace farmers also lack access to affordable farm tools and inputs required to increase crop yields.
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 2017Eastern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa, Ethiopia
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 2017
Wetlands are important providers of ecosystem services and key regulators of climate change. They positively contribute to global warming through their greenhouse gas emissions, and negatively through the accumulation of organic material in histosols, particularly in peatlands. Our understanding of wetlands’ services is currently constrained by limited knowledge on their distribution, extent, volume, interannual flood variability and disturbance levels.
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationMarch, 2017Australia, Canada, United States of America
Different forms of income diversification represent important strategies of farmers to either cope with the changing economic framework conditions or to valorise given territorial potentialities. Nevertheless, the decision to diversify economic activities on or off the farm will heavily depend on the agricultural business and household characteristics. Our study used a survey of 2154 farms from eleven European regions to identify distinct farm types in order to investigate differences regarding the willingness to diversify in the future.
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationAugust, 2017Ukraine
At the present stage of development of land relations in major cities of our country important issue is the development of investment, attract and use foreign investment.
According to the Law of Ukraine "On investment activity" under the investment necessary to understand "all types of property and intellectual values invested in business and other activities, which resulted in creating profit (income) or social effect is achieved."
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationAugust, 2017Brazil
Com as novas Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicação (TICs) o turismo apropriou-se dessas ferramentas para o marketing e promoções de destinos turísticos. Em função disso o objetivo desse estudo foi diagnosticar a utilização das tecnologias de informação e comunicação que estão sendo utilizadas pelas empresas turísticas em Parnaíba/PI e Luís Correia/PI, seu relacionamento com clientes e sua utilização para divulgação de seus produtos e serviços.
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationJuly, 2017Slovakia
Urban expansion and its ecological footprint increases globally at an unprecedented scale and consequently, the importance of urban greenery assessment grows. The diversity and quality of urban green spaces (UGS) and human well-being are tightly linked, and UGS provide a wide range of ecosystem services (e.g., urban heat mitigation, stormwater infiltration, food security, physical recreation).
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationMarch, 2017
The objective of this study is to analyse the phytodiversity, distribution, herb biomass and physico-chemical conditions of the vegetation system in the context of communal continuous open grazing and enclosed grazing management practices in the Harishin rangelands of Eastern Ethiopia. A total of 58 herbaceous species and 11 woody species were recorded in the study area. Analysis of Importance Value Index for two management practices was represented by different combinations of species with varied dominance.
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationMarch, 2017Ethiopia
We are in the Anthropocene. For millennia, human actions have been shaping the world to the degree that they are inscribed in the geological and ecological record. Recently, this has been occurring with increasing speed and influence. This means we need to be asking integrative and effective questions about the world and how we relate to and in it. Human niche construction has broad and deep effects not just on landscapes and environments, but on the myriad of other beings sharing space with us.
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