Higher food demands and scarce resources are putting pressure on agricultural systems. How can productivity be increased within environmental limits, what is the role of science and technology in sustainable agriculture, and what can be done to further develop new crop management systems?
This Spotlight presents an in-depth analysis including opinions, facts and figures, and key resources.
Fernando R. Funes-Monzote, an agroecologist, researcher, consultant and farmer based in Cuba and vice-president of the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology; David J. Spielman, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute; and Norman Uphoff, senior advisor to the Cornell SRI-Rice Center; offer their views on the debate.
Evaluation of farming systems, new ideas and learning with practitioners should be part of a transformed agriculture.
Farming must feed more people more sustainably. Zareen Bharucha looks at scientific approaches past and present.
Smallholder farmers can aid the uptake of research fruits and drive grassroots innovations. Joel Winston reports.
Agroecology shares family farmers' evolving knowledge - and should go mainstream, says Fernando R. Funes-Monzote.
Twenty-first century agriculture needs low-input advances like the System of Rice Intensification, says Norman Uphoff.
Assessing the real-world impact of new agronomic practices depends on good economic studies, says David Spielman.
From contentious hunger estimates to trends in agriculture, Zareen Pervez Bharucha outlines a range of resources.