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Eco-efficient agriculture for the Poor: A Regional Perspective


Presentation by Werner Stür for the CIAT KSW 2009

Presentation by Werner Stür for the CIAT KSW 2009

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  • 1. Eco-efficient agriculture for the Poor A Regional Perspective
  • 2. With contributions from regional staff
    • What is new or different?
    • Will it help us do better research?
    • Will future research look different?
    • What opportunities are there?
  • 3. Eco-efficient agriculture for the Poor - implications
    • Economic
      • productive, efficient, competitive, profitable
    • Environment
      • sustainable, resilient
    • Social
      • Fair, equitable
    • Research that is:
    • Integrated, inter- and multi-disciplinary, holistic, system-oriented
  • 4. Regional projects
    • Applied research, participatory, impact-oriented
    • Working closely with NARS and NGO partners
    • Integrated smallholder crop-livestock systems
    • Livelihood-focus
      • Income, increasing market-orientation
    • Social dimension
      • Poverty, gender, ethnicity
    • Sustainable production
    • Value chain (production – markets)
    • Well-integrated project in the regions are not so different from the eco-efficiency concept
      • But – primarily focussed on improving livelihoods rather than on the environment
  • 5. Environmental focus
    • Forage hedgerows for erosion control
      • Not easily ‘adoptable’
      • There is a cost to farmers
        • need labour; make land preparation and harvesting more difficult
    • Unless
      • There are clearly recognisable benefits to farmers
        • Linked to improved production and income and/or reduced labour requirements
      • High value placed on the environment
        • Land care movements building awareness of the importance of environmental protection – education!
    • Farmers are the decision-makers
  • 6. Do we have the tools / methods needed?
    • Farmer participatory research
      • Farmers decide what to adopt
      • Integration, system-orientation, harmonisation of different aspects of the eco-efficiency concept
    • Linking farmers to markets – value chains
      • Product-orientation
      • Holistic, multi-disciplinary
    • Partnerships with development partners for scaling out
      • NARS, NGOs, development organisations
      • Learning alliances
  • 7. Summary and opportunities
    • A good description of our mission
      • a ‘good practice’ guide for CIAT research?
      • but equally applicable to other CGIAR centres
    • A very useful checklist
      • for project development, implementation and evaluation
    • Greater integration
      • Enabling environment within CIAT
      • Partnerships
      • Education / building capacity
  • 8. Thank you