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April 2017

Harnessing the potential of diverse intensification pathways for Food and NutritionSecurity and Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable intensification is generally acknowledged as a major driver for increasing food and nutrition security in Africa. It implies higher agricultural production per unit of resources, labour and/or land. It is not only geared towards increased production of food and biomass, but also towards providing employment and improving livelihoods. Sustainable intensification must play a central role in the management of natural resources such as water, biodiversity, soil nutrients and in the regulation of the carbon cycle.  Read more about Harnessing the potential of diverse intensification pathways for Food and NutritionSecurity and Sustainable Agriculture

ASARECA Strategy for Scaling Up Agricultural Technologies and Innovations: 2014–2018

The strategy has five key result areas (KRAs) namely:

KRA 1: Access to knowledge and information facilitated. This is about the processes and practices concerned with acquisition, archiving and sharing of knowledge. It is an integral part of the agricultural knowledge and information hub to be established in the implementation of OP2.  Read more about ASARECA Strategy for Scaling Up Agricultural Technologies and Innovations: 2014–2018

How African Agriculture is under-rated due to narrow notions of evidence

When economists and policy makers in developing countries talk about evidence, in most cases they mean numbers or statistics. For instance in African countries, statistics dominate the language used to describe fiscal policies and budgets in monetary terms. Factors like contribution to GDP, production outputs per hectare and export earnings are all about figures. However, in real life, evidence goes beyond figures or statistics. If developing countries swallow this notion of evidence hook line and sinker, they completely undervalue their economies.  Read more about How African Agriculture is under-rated due to narrow notions of evidence

Researchers flag up sustainable intensification for Africa, UK partnership

Researchers drawn from key institutions working in agricultural research for development in Africa have flagged up the practice of sustainable intensification of agricultural systems as a key area of future cooperation between Africa and the United Kingdom.

The participants drawn from a broad range of disciplines, institutions and countries, shared strategic perspectives to facilitate links between wider research communities in the UK and Africa at a recent workshop on sustainable intensification of Agricultural Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more about Researchers flag up sustainable intensification for Africa, UK partnership