BioSight’s objective is to address the complex dimensions of sustainable intensification in a way that uniquely combines biophysical and economic analysis. The project brings together a large body of spatially explicit household, crop, livestock, land, and economic data to model complex synergies and tradeoffs associated with sustainable intensification on a short- to medium-term horizon, and at landscape, national, regional, and global scales. In turn, these models will provide researchers, practitioners, and policymakers with a better sense of options and opportunities associated with sustainable intensification—as well as the evidence to support actionable policy recommendations.

The project builds on a decade of conceptual and methodological innovation led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on issues related to agriculture and the environment. Now, with funding from the CGIAR Consortium’s research program on Policies, Markets and Institutions (PIM), IFPRI and its partners are positioned to strengthen the global research community’s ability to address the overarching CGIAR priorities of increasing food security and sustainably managing natural resources, while also reaching out to policymakers and other stakeholders with new analytical insights. Through strategic partnerships and wide-ranging outreach, capacity strengthening, and consultation, BioSight aims to become a globally integrated initiative offering a set of high-quality data resources, useful decision tools, and actionable evidence.