Sustainable farming practices, such as zero tillage or integrated pest control, can reduce the need for agricultural inputs like chemicals or water, improve carbon sequestration and help prevent land degradation.
(Photo credit: FAO/J. Cendon)
How scientific knowledge is presented in public debate, by scientists or journalists, has a big influence on its impact, says David Dickson.
Campaigners for food security must include science in their goals — and in return scientists need to heed wider concerns around solutions.
7 December 2012
Developing innovation systems, rather than technology transfer, can benefit small farmers and promote agricultural development in Africa.
9 July 2012
Source: Future Agricultures Consortium
The boom in rice growing in Benin has also led to more infestation of stored rice by pests, which is causing losses of hundreds of millions of francs.
15 May 2013
Increasing crop yields on existing farmland to curb deforestation may pay off in the short-term, but could lead to escalating costs in the future, say researchers.
3 May 2013