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Food Security and Sustainable Resource Use: Comments, by Sara Scherr, President, EcoAgriculture Partners
 

Food Security and Sustainable Resource Use: Comments, by Sara Scherr, President, EcoAgriculture Partners

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Scherr presented a commentary on the draft document “Food Security and Sustainable Resource Use - What are the Resource Challenges to Food Security?" prepared for the conference by Frank Place ...

Scherr presented a commentary on the draft document “Food Security and Sustainable Resource Use - What are the Resource Challenges to Food Security?" prepared for the conference by Frank Place (CGIAR) and Alexandre Meybeck (FAO). She offered suggestions for advancing research, and proposed key priorities for action by FAO and the CGIAR: to encourage the adoption of known best practices, to support initiatives advancing multi-objective farms and landscapes, and to focus advanced science on multi-functional landscape systems.

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  • Photo of Kijabe, Kenya
  • Example of place where increasing food production clearly depends on more than good varieties of seed and fertilizer, it also needs landscape management.Madagascar highlands (rice terraces) photo courtesy of Christian Kull.
  •  Diagram of large agricultural landscape showing flows of different ecosystem services (water, GHG, wild species, healthy habitat for people…) and diverse products. Diagram produced in collaboration with Conservation International.
  • Indonesia (palm oil on top, rice paddy on the bottom).
  • For example,The Bonn Challenge, the Zero Degradation Challenge, the Zero Hunger Challenge.
  • Photos:Honduras, well digging project (courtesy of Neil Palmer, CIAT)Cameroon, Gnemuta Market Access project (courtesy of Neil Palmer, CIAT)Mbeya, Kenya Spatial Planning Workshop (EcoAgriculture Partners)
  • Promote widespread local community adaptation of known practices with synergies for production, natural resources, ecosystem function, local livelihoods.
  • Innovative practitioners and initiatives advancing complex farming and landscape systems need our support.Holistic Management in the Dimbangombe Ranch project, Zimbabwe (courtesy of African Biodiversity Network)Rupa Lake, Nepal (courtesy of LI-Bird)SABMiller’s brewery and landscape, Bogota, Colombia. Case study in the business case work. Photo is by Foto Rudolf, rudolf.com
  • Focus and frame advanced science on multi-functional farm and landscape systems.Seed bank photo courtesy Neil Palmer, CIATUSFWS doing water quality monitoring (US Fish and Wildlife Service)REDD+ project readiness in Aceh, Indonesia (EcoAgriculture Partners)

Food Security and Sustainable Resource Use: Comments, by Sara Scherr, President, EcoAgriculture Partners Food Security and Sustainable Resource Use: Comments, by Sara Scherr, President, EcoAgriculture Partners Presentation Transcript

  • Food Security and Sustainable Resource Use:CommentsSara J. Scherr, President, EcoAgriculture PartnersFood Security Futures: Research Priorities for the 21st CenturyDublin, Ireland – 11-12 April 2013
  • Securing Food Supply in the 21st Century:Beyond Field-Scale Productivity
  • More than Food: Societal Demands fromAgricultural Landscapes
  • Beyond Resource Use Efficiency:Negotiating Whole Landscape System Efficiency
  • From Diagnosis to Solutions:Pathways toTransform Agriculture
  • An Explosion of Innovation on the Ground
  • www.landscapes.ecoagriculture.org
  • Ongoing Integrated Agriculture Landscape InitiativesLatin America & Caribbean Sub-Saharan Africa# Integrated LandscapeInitiatives Identified104 87# Countries Represented 21 33Most Common Motivationsfor StakeholderCollaborationBiodiversity Conservation,Reducing Natural ResourceDegradationBiodiversity and NaturalResource ConservationAverage # StakeholdersInvolved in Initiative(primary stakeholders)11(farmers, local government,NGOs)9+(local/district government,NGOs, producer groups)Core Investment Domains Institutional planning &coordination, Agriculturalproduction, Conservation &LivelihoodsInstitutional planning &coordination; Conservation;Agricultural productionMilder, et al. Unpublished Data
  • Agroecological Practices that Generate Both HighYields andEcosystem ServicesEcosystemServiceConservationAgricultureHolisticGrazingOrganicAgriculturePrecisionAgricultureSystem ofRiceIntensificationNumber of studies that indicate positive, neutral or negative outcomes for select system & service combinations.+ = - + = - + = - + = - + = -PestControl1 2 4 7 6Soil Fertility& Structure14 2 4 4 3 3 55 8 1 1 12 2 1NutrientCycling6 1 2 2 1 1 23 39 5 12 2WildBiodiversity3 11 23 1 2ErosionControl10 1 1 1 1 1 1 1H20 qual. &quant.16 2 2 1 1 9 52 2Garbach, et al. 2012. ‘An Assessment of the Multi-Functionality ofAgroecological Intensification.’ EcoAgriculture Partners: Washington, DC.total # of studies reviewed = 219
  • Restoring Ecosystem Function in Agricultural Landscapes
  • Farmers Mobilizing for Land Stewardship,Production and Market Access
  • WorkingTogether:OvercomingFragmentationand InstitutionalSilos
  • 1) Promote Adoption of Known Best Practices(short-term)
  • 2) Support Initiatives Advancing Multi-ObjectiveFarms and Landscapes (medium-term)
  • 3) Focus Advanced Science on Multi-Functional Systems (long-term)
  • Thank youwww.ecoagriculture.orglandscapes.ecoagriculture.org
  • Thank You!www.ecoagriculture.orgwww.landscapes.ecoagriculture.org