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Resilience in Agriculture through Crop Diversification: Adaptive Management for Environmental Change

This article describes crop diversification as a beneficial strategy towards increasing resilience in the face of climate change. It examines this method in relation to suppressing pest and pathogen outbreaks and buffering crop production from the effects of extreme weather, as well as barriers to diversification, including limited economic incentives and increased attention to biotechnology. To encourage crop diversification, it suggests adjusting farm income support systems, increasing understanding of the role diversified agriculture plays in ensuring food security globally, and getting crop and landscape simulation models to farmers so they can optimize their diverse crop systems.

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