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.
2015 marks the United Nations (UN) International Year of Soils. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN says that, “One-third of all soils in the world are degraded and unless new approaches are adopted, globally, arable and productive land per person in 2050 will be one one-fourth of the level in 1960.”
A year of nutrition
Looking back at 2014, it is clear that nutrition became a central theme of IFPRI’s research. Here are a handful of highlights from our research on nutrition from the past year: