It’s starting to become obvious that we don’t need massive inputs of chemicals and fertilisers to grow enough food to feed the world – and a recently released report from the UN shows that growing our food more sustainably can dramatically increase crop yields:
Small-scale farmers can double food production within 10 years in critical regions by using ecological methods, a new UN report shows. Based on an extensive review of the recent scientific literature, the study calls for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a way to boost food production and improve the situation of the poorest.
“To feed 9 billion people in 2050, we urgently need to adopt the most efficient farming techniques available,” says Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and author of the report. In fact, the chief recommendation is that agriculture should be fundamentally redirected towards modes of production that are more environmentally sustainable and socially just.
Sustainable agriculture should be the immediate choice for underdeveloped countries. For developing countries, especially in Africa, De Schutter thinks the shift to low-tech farming can happen quickly, and will immediately help small farmers be more productive and spend less. (Read the full article)