Recently, the FAO Director General, stated that “the future of agriculture is not input intensive, it is knowledge intensive”. We agree that this is indeed the way forward in achieving self-sufficiency and sustainability. Therefore, this sought to increase farmers’ adaptive capacity by way of an Irrigation Farmer Field School (IFFS). The modules of this IFFS included Climate-Smart Water Conservation, Soil Water Management and Plant-Water Interactions.
The project was designed to incorporate knowledge transfer as an adaptation option to climate change. Our farmers in Jamaica face many problems, two of which includes that of low irrigation efficiency and limited water resources. This is because they are dependent on rainfall to carry out their farming activities.
From August 29 to September 1, 2017, experts and researchers from diverse backgrounds gathered together for EAAE Congress in an Italian city famous for agri-food products – Parma, in order to provide experiences and insights into discussions around feasible solutions to shifting Towards Sustainable Agri-Food Systems: Balancing between Markets and Society1. Aligned with the aim of the congress, the first edition of the EAAE student case study competition was launched to encourage participation and contribution of young researchers via interpersonal and interdisciplinary interactions. By bringing food-sustainability-related challenges to the table, teams composed by individual participants or groups worked intensively to seek for creative and concrete solutions to fix a fundamental problem within the food system: the food–people–planet relationship.
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) shares his thoughts on how to transform the global food system for sustainable development on the sides of the 7th International Forum on Food and Nutrition.
Using targeted approaches and the latest technology, precision agriculture is rapidly growing with the aim of offering benefits in terms of productivity and environmental protection.
Sustainable agriculture is fast-becoming a reality with advanced technology and custom software are now available to farmers; transforming farms into truly intelligent, sustainable production environments.