The future of food and agriculture: trends and challenges

Title The future of food and agriculture: trends and challenges
Contributor FAO
Content Are today’s food and agricultural systems capable of meeting the needs of a global population that is projected to reach more than nine billion by midcentury? Can we achieve the required production increases, even if this implies adding pressure to already dwindling land and water resources, and do so in a context of climate change? This publication tries to answer these questions.

What will be needed to realize the vision of a world free from hunger and malnutrition?After shedding light on the nature of the challenges that agriculture and food systems are facing now and throughout the 21st century, the study provides insights into what is at stake and what needs to be done. “Business as usual” is not an option. Major transformations in agricultural systems, rural economies and natural resources management are necessary. The present study was undertaken for the quadrennial review of FAO’s strategic framework and for the preparation of the Organization Medium-Term plan 2018-2021.

Year Published 2017
Language English
Link http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6583e.pdf

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Smallholder ecologies

Title Smallholder ecologies
Contributor FAO
Content Abstract: Global food and agriculture systems face a series of inter-related challenges; to assure food security for a growing world population while supporting decent livelihoods and reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture. Agroecological approaches can address these challenges by contributing to a greener economy.  Agroecological systems are diverse, highly inter-connected and perform multiple functions that benefit society. They place a strong emphasis on environmental integrity and social well-being. Moreover, the groecological mode of production is highly efficient and resilient to disturbances.
This document provides a review of the scientific literature on agreocology, including global, regional, national and local studies. In the Annex, the performance of various agroecological management systems are described and compared. Based on these findings, key steps towards an agroecological transition are outlined
Year Published 2014
Language English
Link http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4196e.pdf

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Organic Agriculture: African Experiences in Resilience and Sustainability

Title Organic Agriculture: African Experiences in Resilience and Sustainability
Contributor FAO
Content This new volume published by FAO  tries inspiration from the Conference on Mainstreaming Organic Agriculture in the African Development Agenda held in Lusaka, Zambia in May 2012. It expands on selected research shared during the event and demonstrates that organic management can benefit people, the economy and ecosystems, particularly in Africa.
Author/s Gunnar Rundgren, Nadia Scialabba., Raymond Auerbach
Year Published 2013
Link http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3294e/i3294e.pdf

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Conservation agriculture: a Uganda case study

Title Conservation agriculture: a Uganda case study
Contributor FAO
Author Anthony Nyakuni, John Peter Opio, Paul Nyende, Wilfred Odogola
Content This case study presents the status of conservation agriculture in Uganda. It is one in a series of eight case studies about conservation agriculture in Africa, which were developed within the framework of a collaboration between CIRAD French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development,FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), RELMA-in-ICRAF (Regional Land Management Unit of the World Agroforestry Centre)and ACT (African
Conservation Tillage Network)
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa UGANDA
Link http://www.fao.org/ag/ca/doc/Uganda_casestudy.pdf

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