Learning Event No. 5: Highlights. ARDD2012 Rio

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Highlights from Learning Event No.5: "How can affordable, accessible, inclusive and resilient food and farming systems be achieved through Ecological and social intensification?" at the 2012 Agriculture and Rural Development Day in Rio de Janiero.

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Learning Event No. 5: Highlights. ARDD2012 Rio

  1. 1. How can affordable, accessible, inclusive and resilient food andfarming systems be achieved through ecological and social intensification? Laurence Smith
  2. 2. Key messages• Please give up to three bullets on key messages from your Learning Event1. Diverse, organic agro-ecological systems provide resilience to climate change, disease and extreme weather events;2. Organic compost and legume-enhanced production systems can double yields of smallholder farming systems;3. Organic systems promote farmer-led research and extension, enabling farmers to develop seeds suited to their own ecosystems through co- operation with scientists
  3. 3. Evidence of impact• Please give up to three bullets on evidence of the impact of your case example – ideally this should be quantitative data1. Samples of crop yields from 900 plots in Ethiopia showed doubled yields from organic plots;2. 80 organic farmer-led community seed banks in India are providing an increased diversity of crops and nutritional outputs;3. Use of organic companion planting in maize systems can supply nitrogen, reduce weeds and helps to control pests in Africa;
  4. 4. Going to scale• Please give up to three bullets on messages on what is needed to take your case to scale:1. Governments, international agencies and policy frameworks such as CAADP should mainstream organic agriculture for food security and healthy and sustainable diets2. Mainstream farmers’ rights to save, use and sell their own seed3. Governments and civil society organisations should support the development of farmer led participatory organic research and extension

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