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    Assessing and promoting trees outside forests (TOF) in Asian rice production landscapes
    The Asia regional rice initiative Biodiversity, landscapes & ecosystem services in Rice Production Systems
    2014
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    Mature planted or spontaneous tree systems scattered throughout or surrounding agricultural landscapes have been proven to be an excellent source of goods and services for increasing the socio-economic and environmental sustainability of agricultural landscapes. In spite of this, their role in supporting the livelihoods and the well-being of rice-based smallholder farmer communities and in environmental sustainability is mostly overlooked. Consequently, their potential contribution is still far from being fully exploited. The “Assessment of Trees outside forests in Asian rice production landscapes” pilot project was developed in 2013 in the framework (Biodiversity, landscape, and ecosystem services) of the FAO Regional Rice Initiative for Asia, with the final objective of providing policy and decision makers with evidence of the contribution that tree systems located in rice production landscapes can provide in terms of socio-economic and environmental sustainability, as well as in ter ms of resilience. This document reports on the outcomes of the project and could be used as a reference to feed higher-level national and regional dialogues, in order to promote an integrated and sustainable approach to the management of rice production landscapes.
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    The Multiple Goods and Services of Asian Rice Production Systems 2014
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    Policy and Legal frameworks to support effective ecosystem control of Insect Pests in Asian Rice production systems 2014
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    Integrated Pest Management projects in South-East Asia have been very successful in reducing use of pesticides. Solid evidence has been presented in many rice-growing countries of Asia that natural control of insect pests, and minimised, strategic use of pesticides can substantially contribute to rice yields. As evidenced in Figures 1&2 excessive use of pesticides may lead to more pests. Yet excessive use of pesticides has returned as an issue of concern in Asia in spite of successful Integrated Pest Management (IPM) achievements, certainly as a consequence of changes in the policy arrangement.

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