Sustainable intensification

Pretty et al. (2011) describe sustainable intensification as “……producing more output from the same area of land while reducing the negative environmental impacts and at the same time increasing contributions to natural capital and the flow of environmental services” and articulate seven key components of successful sustainable intensification, which in summary are:

  • science and farmer inputs into technologies and practices that combine crops–animals with agroecological and agronomic management;
  • creation of novel social infrastructure that builds trust among individuals and agencies;
  • improvement of farmer knowledge and capacity through the use of farmer field schools and modern information and communication technologies;
  • engagement with the private sector for supply of goods and services;
  • a focus on women’s educational, microfinance and agricultural technology needs;
  • ensuring the availability of microfinance and rural banking;
  • ensuring public sector support for agriculture.

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  1. Dear Africa Rising,

    I am interested in joining you to test in Africa, a novel method of microbial biofertilizers called Biofilmed biofertilizers (BFBFs), which have shown very much promise in Sri Lanka, anothor tropical country with dry areas (please read This was developed by me with my institute. I am certain that this would cut down time, labor and investment on long term soil rehabilitation methods like agroforestry, perenniation etc.

    Please send me your comments on this soon.

    Best regards,
    Gamini Seneviratne PhD.
    Research Professor
    Institute of Fundamental Studies
    Hantana Road
    Sri Lanka.

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