Elsevier has announced a new book to be released on October 1, 2020, edited by Professor Amir Kassam and Dr. Laila Kassam entitled: Rethinking Food and Agriculture: New Ways Forward.
Given the central role of the food and agriculture system in driving so many of the connected ecological, social and economic threats and challenges we currently face, Rethinking Food and Agriculture reviews, reassesses and reimagines the current food and agriculture system and the narrow paradigm in which it operates.
Rethinking Food and Agriculture explores and uncovers some of the key historical, ethical, economic, social, cultural, political, and structural drivers and root causes of unsustainability, degradation of the agricultural environment, destruction of nature, short-comings in science and knowledge systems, inequality, hunger and food insecurity, and disharmony. It reviews efforts towards ‘sustainable development’, and reassesses whether these efforts have been implemented with adequate responsibility, acceptable societal and environmental costs and optimal engagement to secure sustainability, equity and justice. The book highlights the many ways that farmers and their communities, civil society groups, social movements, development experts, scientists and others have been raising awareness of these issues, implementing solutions and forging ‘new ways forward’, for example towards paradigms of agriculture, natural resource management and human nutrition which are more sustainable and just. View more >
This Book is available for pre-order at the source: Rethinking Food and Agriculture: New Ways Forward
About the Editors
Laila Kassam: has a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol, an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Laila has worked in the international development sector since 2003, working for NGOs, foundations, government ministries and international research and development institutions. Her work has focused on conducting research for rural development projects in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia ranging from planning projects to assessing their impact on poverty, food security and livelihoods. Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals and by international organisations including the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO).
Previous positions include: Programme Associate for Rural Development for the Aga Khan Foundation (Geneva); Research Officer for the DfID funded Coastal Rural Support Programme (Kenya); and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellow at the Ministry of Agriculture (Guyana). Since 2009 Laila has been an independent consultant for the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) and FAO on projects in Ghana, Bangladesh and Sierra Leone.
Laila completed her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2013. She co-founded the Veterinary Vegan Network in 2015 and is a founding member of the Animal Think Tank collective. She currently works on various projects related to agroecology, sustainability, ethical consumption, animal rights and social justice.
Amir Kassam: (i) Moderator of the FAO-hosted Global Platform for Conservation Agriculture Community of Practice (CA-CoP); (ii) Chairman of the International Conservation Agriculture Advisory Panel for Africa (ICAAP-Africa); (iii) Vice-Chairman of the Conservation Agriculture Association of the United Kingdom (CA-UK); (iv) a Member of the European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF); (v) Visiting Professor in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, UK, where he teaches Conservation Agriculture; and (vi) Convener of the Land Husbandry Group of the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA), UK.
Kassam is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (UK), and a member of several international advisory committees, Boards and Panels. He is cited in several ‘Who is Who’ in the UK and the USA. He has published widely. In 2005, Kassam was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours List for services to tropical agriculture and to rural development.
Born in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Kassam received his BSc (Hons) in Agriculture and PhD in Agro-ecology from the University of Reading, and MSc in Irrigation from the University of California-Davis. Kassam’s current research, education and development work is focused on globalizing and mainstreaming the application of Conservation Agriculture for sustainable agricultural development and land management to address national and global needs and challenges.
During his career, Kassam has worked with a number of national agricultural research and development institutions in the various fields of sustainable agriculture, land resources evaluation, crop and suitability assessments, research management and education and extension training. He has also worked with several CGIAR centers, UN agencies and NGOs. His former positions include: Deputy Director General (Programme) at WARDA (the Africa Rice Centre, CGIAR); Interim Executive Secretary of the CGIAR Science Council; Chairman of: the Aga Khan Foundation (UK); Chairman of the Focus Humanitarian Assistance Foundation; and Chairman of the Tropical Agriculture Association, UK.