Borrowing innovative ideas from research and other sectors, adjusting them, and scaling them up to meet the demand from developing country partners is essential if we are to make real progress toward creating a carbon-neutral world. Finding ways in which clean energy technology can be used to increase agricultural production without placing undue burdens on natural resources will be a necessary step toward helping we reach our emission targets moving forward.
Why are seemingly optimal investments and policies for reducing hunger and poverty so difficult to achieve in practice? Although scarce empirical research or insufficient technical capacity may be partially responsible, a lack of political incentives by those with the power to make decisions is often a key reason why it is so difficult to bridge the gap from research to policy reform.
How to influence behaviors for good through social marketing
Many challenges to economic growth—from poor nutrition to low farm yields—require not only tools and interventions, but individual behavior change. Unfortunately, there is often a disconnect between what is needed to change behaviors and where we are investing public resources to address a given problem. By promoting single, simple, doable behaviors, social marketers can help bring about tangible results over time, and replace unproductive behaviors with positive ones.
With support from Canada, IFPRI conducts innovative research in areas such as improving nutrition, providing access to agricultural data, and developing agricultural strategies at the national level.
Incentivizing adoption of Integrated Soil Fertility Management
Adopting integrated soil fertility management (ISFM)—practices that combine organic inputs and judicious amounts of inorganic fertilizer and improved seeds—offers farmers a higher profit and is more sustainable than using inorganic fertilizer. Yet its adoption rates across Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) are among the lowest worldwide.
In order to feed a rapidly-growing population sustainably amid growing pressure from a changing climate, agricultural producers in Southeast Asia will need to build resilience by embracing landscape approaches and adopting climate-smart practices. Their success depends not only on the potential impact of ecosystem services, but also on willingness of farmers to adopt these practices.