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Chemical- and energy-intensive industrial agriculture has not only wrought environmental damage and perpetuated social inequity, but also increasingly faces the problem of stagnant yields and declining productivity. There is therefore an urgent need for ecologically, economically and socially sustainable forms of farming which will at the same time preserve the productivity of the agroecosystem.
Sustainable agriculture, which includes such practices as organic farming and agroecology, integrates natural regenerative processes, minimises non-renewable inputs and draws on traditional and local knowledge of farmers. As this paper shows, the application of sustainable agriculture methods can greatly enhance farm productivity, especially in the developing world, without harming the environment. Importantly, ecologically friendly, energy-efficient sustainable agriculture mitigates the pressing problem of climate change and also enables farmers to better respond and adapt to increased climate variability.
This paper calls for investment, research and policy support to be channelled towards sustainable agriculture in order to promote mainstream adoption of farming approaches which can more reliably feed the world now and into the future.
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2. ‘BUSINESS AS USUAL IS NO LONGER AN OPTION’
Productivity declines: Rice as a case study
3. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AS AN OPTION
Sustainable agriculture is productive
Sustainable agriculture can raise incomes
Sustainable agriculture mitigates climate change and has climate adaptation potential
4. MAINSTREAMING SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
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