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This report is a collection of papers presented at the World Bank's Thirteenth Annual Agricultural Symposium. This year's symposium - Agriculture and the Environment- addresses environmental issues along side those of agricultural productivity which are most pending. Therefore, the report discusses the following four topics in detail: (i) technical and socioeconomic considerations and policy for sustainable agricultural development; (ii) responsible management in diverse areas of agriculture and the environment (areas included: population growth versus land degradation, tillage conservation, moisture and soil management, biological nitrogen fertilization, making integrated-pest management work and changing perceptions and practices of Central American smallholders); (iii) women in agricultural resource management (women farmers, agricultural extention for women); and (iv) poverty and agricultural resource management (economic stagnation and deforestation, credit and environmental rehabilitation). The report closes with papers discussing the World Bank's experience in renewable resource management, the implications of the Earth Summit for sustainable agriculture, the World Bank's water policy and challenges that the Bank's agricultural staff face for future improvements in agriculture and the environment.

Publisher: World Bank

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