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Sustainable intensification

We have 9 items tagged with ‘Sustainable intensification’.
  • Two women sitting in a field

    No room for manoeuvre: debt prevents investing in the future

    This case study highlights the challenges that farmers in Malawi face when trying to intensify their agricultural production. It focuses on smallholder farmers in the Mwansambo area of Central Malawi. Mwansambo and neighbouring areas are important food and cash crop producing regions. But despite decades of agricultural development interventions, farmers are still struggling to feed their families and invest in sustainable land management

    26 April 2020 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • A man and woman standing in a field

    Difficult choices: balancing competing priorities on Burkina Faso farms

    The SITAM project looked at how to support progress towards sustainable intensification of agriculture in three African countries. This case study looks at how farming households in eastern Burkina Faso are balancing different priorities as they try to increase their productivity

    26 April 2020 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • A woman farmer bends over to tend crops in a field

    One-size-fits-all policies won’t deliver sustainable farming in Africa

    Governments and development agencies need to give greater consideration to conflicting objectives of different types of smallholder farmers when promoting sustainable agricultural intensification in sub-Saharan Africa, says report

    26 April 2020 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Workshop participants in Mozambique discuss results from group work on how to make farming more sustainable (Photo: Lynn Boyd, ADRA Mozambique)

    Five ways to make farming more sustainable

    A recent workshop in Mozambique identified five ways to sustainably intensify agriculture. In food insecure countries, large-scale investments are often considered a major driver of agricultural growth, but these can promote monocultures and intensive approaches that damage the environment and progressively decrease soil fertility.

    20 May 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Launch event of the China-Africa Forest Governance Platform in March 2013. Photo: Simon Lim

    Just forest governance

    The way forests are governed is crucial for affecting how local people benefit from forests. IIED helps secure local communities’ commercial rights to forests by using a ‘learning group approach’, which emphasises sharing tools and tactics that have worked. At the same time, we also look at measures to reduce demand for agricultural and forest products that result in deforestation or degradation.

    7 September 2013 | Article | Forests
  • A woman using homemade compost in her garden in eastern Burkina Faso

    Trade-offs in sustainable intensification

    It is a huge challenge to achieve food security for all in a way that is sustainable in environmental, economic and social terms. And there are different views on what dimension of sustainability should have priority when trying to produce 'more with less'.

    15 August 2013 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Afghan farmers and extension workers assess an okra field in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan (Photo: Barbara Adoph/IIED)

    Introduction to building greater local control and resilience into agricultural and food systems

    IIED is working to promote farming systems that are sustainable, productive and resilient – and to support smallholder farmers and farmer-led innovation

    5 August 2013 | Article | Biodiversity
  • A Rwandan farmers stands in her field of maize with hills rising behind her in the background.

    Feeding the World: Why we must do more than just increase yields

    A new paper published today by the journal Science argues that to ensure sustainable food supplies for the Earth’s growing population, policymakers must focus on more than just food production.

    5 July 2013 | News | Food and agriculture
  • New paradigm for African agriculture sees sustainable intensification in a new light

    The new report from the Montpellier Panel – a panel of international experts led by Professor Sir Gordon Conway of Agriculture for Impact – provides innovative thinking and examples into the way in which the techniques of sustainable intensification are being used by smallholder farmers in Africa to address the continent’s food and nutrition crisis.

    18 April 2013 | News | Food and agriculture
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