Feeding the World


Sustainable Management
of Natural Resources


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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Environmental Assessment and Management Unit (NRCE)
Rome, 2008


Attainment of MDG-7 (environmental sustainability) requires the realization of sustainable agriculture systems. There is now inexorable pressure on world agriculture to play a much wider range of roles than ever before. While guaranteeing food security for the global population and a source of livelihood for billions of people, particularly the poor, it must also provide sustainable ecosystem services to the wider environment (supplying drinking water, maintaining a stock of continuously evolving genetic resources, preserving and regenerating soils, fixing nitrogen and carbon, controlling floods, filtering pollutants, pollinating crops and much more).

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