UN study: Sustainable ag needs a paradigm shift
The study also pointed out the areas where leaders agree to focus. Nine key areas of consensus have emerged as the key paths of action:
- Organized small and medium farmers, fully including women farmers, should be a primary focus of investment – recognizing that private enterprise will play a significant role in many solutions.
- Define the goal in terms of human nutrition rather than simply “more production.”
- Pursue high yields within a healthy ecology – they are not mutually exclusive and policy and research must reflect that.
- Impel innovation and the availability of diverse technologies suitable in different socioeconomic and ecological contexts.
- Significantly reduce waste along the entire food chain.
- Avoid diverting food crops and productive land for biofuels, but explore decentralized biofuel systems to promote energy and livelihood security that also diversify and restore rural landscapes.
- Insist on intelligent and transparent measurement of results – we cannot manage what we cannot measure.
- Develop and adapt public and private institutions that can effectively respond to these new goals.
- Motivate and reward investments and business systems that result in measurable impacts to the “public good.”
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