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Farming systems that ‘Save and Grow’ – in pictures

What does sustainable crop production intensification ‘look like’?


20 Jan 2016

Maize, rice and wheat are fundamental to world food security. We must safeguard production in the world’s grain belts and rice bowls, and increase yields in countries where production has to substantially improve as populations grow. Climate change adds new pressures on cereals, including rising temperatures and a higher incidence of pests, diseases, droughts and floods.

FAO’s model of ecosystem-based agriculture, Save and Grow, meets that need, through farming systems that incorporate conservation agriculture, healthy soils, improved crops and varieties, efficient use of water, and integrated pest management. The below examples, taken from countries around the world, describe Save and Grow farming systems in practice. 

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