The State of Food and Agriculture 2007

Paying Farmers for Environmental Services

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The State of Food and Agriculture 2007 explores the potential for agriculture to provide enhanced levels of environmental services alongside the production of food and fibre. The report concludes that demand for environmental services from agriculture – including climate change mitigation, improved watershed management and biodiversity preservation – will increase in the future, but better incentives to farmers are needed if agriculture is to meet this demand.



Introduction and overview

Ecosystems sustain human life. They supply food and drinking water, maintain a stock of continuously evolving genetic resources, preserve and regenerate soils, fix nitrogen and carbon, recycle nutrients, control floods, filter pollutants, pollinate crops and much more. Despite their importance to human well-being, many of these services are under threat throughout the world.


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