To feed a growing population and meet the challenge of climate change, agricultural production must intensify in a sustainable way, and innovation is key to make that happen. A sustainable intensification...
In this position paper (2021), CIRAD analyses that food systems are at the crossroads between the major challenges for humanity – food, health, jobs and the environment and are a crucial brick in the sustainable development wall.
The paper calls for a transformation of food systems because of:
- Their substantial environmental and climate footprint. Massive ecosystem degradation threatens the viability of food systems;
- Their inability to ensure food and nutrition security with the widespread co-existence of contrasting types of malnutrition;
- Important inequalities between their stakeholders: access to means of production, distribution of the added-value created, coalitions of power, market functioning, etc.
After having highlighted the multitude of highly diverse food systems, the paper lists a number of priorities in the area of scientific research to support the transition to sustainable food systems:
- innovative agricultural production and food processing technology and practices based on agroecology and territorial integration;
- Assessment and characterisation of food systems according to their performance and resilience;
- The strengthening of the capacities of food stakeholders to foster governance and facilitate the required transformations.
BoosT-AE aims to facilitate the production and sharing of knowledge and methodologies required to carry out the Agro-ecological Transition (AET) in the tropical areas by:identifying, listing, delivering knowledge...