To feed our growing global population, modern agriculture needs to boost food production. Meeting anticipated demand however will generate environmental damage, in turn undermining our future capacity to produce food.
Sustainable intensification of agriculture is one solution. This conceptual framework aspires to:
- increase food production per unit area
- reduce the impact on the environment
- sustain - or improve - the natural resource base on which agriculture depends for future generations
- strengthen resilience to future environmental change
How to achieve this is the subject of much debate and the focus of the ASSIST (Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems) programme.