Does sustainable intensification mean large-scale, industrial agriculture, or can it build on the traditional methods of many African farmers?
Tomatoes for sale in the central market in Mali, 2013. Could sustainable intensification increase crop yields in Africa? Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters
This week in Dublin, world leaders, policymakers and civil society representatives met to discuss the urgent and interrelated issues of hunger, nutrition and climate justice that are faced by the poorest people and nations. In parallel, the global community is already discussing the goals and metrics that should shape sustainable development once the millennium development goals expire in 2015.
It is time to place sustainable intensification at the heart of African agriculture, and ensure that development goals deliver on the agenda opened in Dublin. Sustainable intensification involves producing more crops, better nutrition and higher rural incomes from the same set of inputs – such as…
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