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Sustainable Intensification: A New Paradigm for African Agriculture

Author: The Montpelier Panel
Organisation: Agriculture for Impact
Publish Date: 2013
Country: Africa
Sector: Agriculture
Method: Foresight
Theme: Sustainability
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Food security, Food insecurity, Malnutrition, Climate change, Rural poverty, Environmental protection

Over recent years, the term “Sustainable Intensification” – producing more outputs with more efficient use of all inputs on a durable basis, while reducing environmental damage and building resilience, natural capital and the flow of environmental services – has come to take on a highly charged and politicised meaning, becoming synonymous with big, industrial agriculture. As we strive to feed a population expected to reach nine billion by 2050 sustainably, the risk is that we may lose sight of the term’s scientific value and its potential relevance to all types of agricultural systems, including for smallholder farmers in Africa.
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