Achieving SCPI through an ecosystem approach – and promoting the trend from non-renewable external agricultural inputs towards biological inputs - is what this Conceptual Framework attempts to achieve. The Conceptual Framework is intended to be flexible, to adapt to evolving situations and new scientific evidence and to incorporate valuable experiences from traditional knowledge. This Framework does not represent a final document and will continuously be updated in light of new knowledge and experience.
The main objectives of developing a Conceptual Framework for SCPI are to:
1. Identify options available for sustainably increased crop production.
2. Increase understanding of the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems, and their sustainable management.
3. Provide guidance for decision makers at different levels (from land users to policy makers).
4. Understand the importance of soil health and soil life as a support system for sustainable and efficient production systems