This week marks the launch of the new CGIAR research portfolio. Izabella Koziell, Program Director, lays out the ambitions of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).
The first commercial co-composting plant in West Africa was launched on May 11, 2017. It produces an effective, safe fertilizer made from fecal sludge and organic waste. Photo courtesy: IWMI.
We face a familiar challenge
Global food demand is growing and is projected to, by 2050, increase by at least 60% above 2006 levels. In response to this demand, new technologies and increased inputs have contributed to farm system intensification, leading to significant yield gains and advances in food security. However, growing evidence shows that intensification is at the expense of multiple other social and environmental concerns.
Today, agriculture is a major contributor to the ongoing degradation of the environment. More than 70% of global freshwater is used for food…
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