FAO says Save and Grow

by Jeremy Cherfas on June 13, 2011

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has launched Save and Grow, “a major new initiative” that calls for “sustainable crop production intensification”. Read the book, watch the video, then stand back as food production doubles by 2050 in developing countries.

The new approach calls for targeting mainly smallholder farmers in developing countries. [It] will enable them to maximize yields and invest the savings in their health and education. … In order to grow, agriculture must learn to save. … [T]he Save and Grow toolkit include[s] precision irrigation … and “precision placement” of fertilizers. … Integrated pest management … is yet another key element. Such methods help adapt crops to climate change and … [a]verage yields from farms practicing the techniques in 57 low-income countries increased almost 80 percent, according to one review.

And there you have it.

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