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Foro Global sobre Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición • Foro FSN

Re: Harnessing the benefits of ecosystem services for effective ecological intensification in agriculture

Danielle Nierenberg
Danielle NierenbergFood Tank: The Food Think TankUnited States of America

I agree with Professor Kleijn that for ecological intensification to be successful farmers need to be involved from the beginning of the research and development phase through participatory research practices. A top down approach with recommendations coming from policymakers and researchers in laboratories will simply not be as effective--farmers need to be in the driver's seat at the beginning. This will also help farmers see the wide range of benefits--environmental, economic, and social--that ecological intensification practices can provide. And, as a result, this can help these practices spread more widely and quickly.

Thanks again for all of the great comments! Please keep them coming!