Sustainable Intensification (SI) has recently emerged as a key concept for agricultural development, recognising that yields must increase to feed a growing world population, but it must be achieved without damage to the environment, on finite land resources and while preserving social and natural capital. It also recognises that all initiatives must cope with the challenges of climate change to agricultural production, food security and livelihoods.
This multidisciplinary book presents state-of-the-art reviews of current SI approaches to promote major food crops, challenges and advances made in technology, and the institutional and policy measures necessary to overcome the constraints faced by smallholder farmers. Adressing the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 2, the various chapters based on evidence and experiences of reputed researchers show how these innovations, if properly nurtured and implemented, can make a difference to food and nutrition security outcomes. Case studies from around the world are included, with a particular emphasis on Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The focus is not only on scientific aspects such as climate-smart agriculture, agroecology and improving input use efficiency and management, but also on institutional and policy challenges that must be met to increase the net societal benefits of sustainable agricultural intensification. The book is aimed at advanced students and researchers in sustainable agriculture and policy, development practitioners, policy makers and non-governmental and farmer organisations.
Table of Contents
1. Agricultural Development and Sustainable Intensification: Technology and Policy Innovations 2. Save and Grow: Translating Policy Advice into Field Action for Sustainable Intensification of Rice Production 3. Sustainable Intensification and maize value chain improvements in Sub-Saharan Africa 4. The role of wheat in global food security 5. Innovative practices in potato production for food and nutrition security 6. Pulses-Millets crop diversification by smallholders and their potential for sustainable food and nutrition security 7. Global challenges in today's horticulture and prospects offered by protected vegetable cultivation 8. Sustainable crop-livestock intensification in the Sub-Saharan Africa: Improving productivity through innovative adaptation 9. Community-driven approaches to sustainable intensification in river deltas: Lessons from the Ganges and Mekong Rivers 10. Sustainable agriculture intensification: Innovations to strengthen extension services and market linkages 11. Multi-level policy measures to support sustainable agriculture intensification for smallholders 12. Summary, technology and policy options
Udaya Sekhar Nagothu is Research Professor and Director (Centre for International Development), Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Ås, Norway. He is editor of the books Food Security: Country Case Studies (Routledge, 2014) and Climate Change and Agricultural Development: Improving Resilience through Climate Smart Agriculture, Agroecology and Conservation (Routledge, 2016).