Sustainable Crop Production Intensification

The need to feed a growing population is a constant pressure on crop production, as is coping with an increasingly degraded environment and uncertainties resulting from climate change - and the need to adapt farming systems to these. Sustainable crop production intensification provides opportunities for optimizing crop production per unit area, taking into consideration the range of sustainability aspects including potential and/or real social, political, economic and environmental impacts.

Recent trends would indicate that the incorporation of scientific principles of ecosystem management into farming practices can enhance crop production (yield). With a particular focus on environmental sustainability through an ecosystem approach, sustainable crop production intensification aims to maximize options for crop production intensification through the management of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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    December 2013

    November 2013






          Trees Outside Forest in Asian Rice Production Landscapes

          Policy and Legal Frameworks to Support Effective ecosystem Control of Insect Pests in Asian Rice Production System

          The Multiple Good and Services of Asian Rice Production Services

          Aquaculture and Fisheries in Rice-Based Ecosystems


          Mountain Farming is Family Farming

          Supporting Communities in Building Resilience through Agro Pastoral Field Schools

          Agricultural mechanization in Sub Saharan Africa: guidelines for a strategy

          Mechanization for Rural Development: a Review of Patterns and Progress from Around the World

          Aspects Determining the Risk of Pesticides to Wild Bees


          Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Crop Intensification: A Zimbabwe Case Study

          Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Crop Intensification in Karatu District, Tanzania

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            SmartSOIL Newsletter 2013



          Living with the Trees of Life: Towards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture

          Book reviews:

          Making the Case for Family Farming