Agrobiodiversity will have to address all biodiversity in agricultural areas. It should not only focus on biodiversity relevant to food and agriculture. Like the programmes on coastal and marine biodiversity addressing all biodiversity and not just fish, and the programmes on forest biodiversity paying attention to all biodiversity in forests, not just on trees. This is logical because of the strong interrelationship of all biodiversity within these systems, but also because of the ambition of the CBD to cover all biodiversity on earth through the set of thematic work programmes.
Other definitions shift attention from its components to the relationships between these and between the wider biodiversity, such as the definition proposed by IUCN in a Background study for the development of an IUCN Policy on Agriculture and Biodiversity (1999). While this definition overcomes some of the difficulties with the ones cited above, notably the problematic distinction between domestic and wild biodiversity, it could be seen as an "ecologists" definition in that it has lost a clear socio-economic and cultural element as well as the relationship of biodiversity to the production function of agriculture: "The agrobiodiversity of a place or region is largely analogous to its biological diversity: it describes the range and variety of biological diversity within the farmed landscape. As farming has altered, and come to replace, the previous pattern of habitats and communities, agrobiodiversity also describes the range of different structures in the landscape, such as hedges and trees. For example, the agrobiodiversity of an up-land farm will summarise the obvious range of biological diversity and the variety of landscape features from the meadows, the walled and hedged fields through to marshland and small wooded areas."< OECD work on environmental indicators for agriculture including those for agrobiodiversity refers to the three different levels of Biodiversity (Genetic, Species and Ecosystem) and thirteen areas which range from wildlife habitat and biodiversity to farm financial resources and farm management, from nutrient use and soil quality to landscape and socio-cultural issues.