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June 3, 2019Knowledge Portal
Towards sustainable global food systems: Conceptual and policy analysis of agriculture, food and environmental linkages

This book promotes the view that sustainable food systems requires thorough insights into the structure and dynamics of agro-food production systems, the drivers for integrating food value chains and markets, and key incentives for supporting healthier consumer choices. The contributed papers focus on interfaces between food system activities and processes of adaptive change that are critical for overcoming key constraints and trade-offs between sustainable food and healthy diets. »

May 20, 2019Knowledge Portal
Nutritious Food Foresight: Twelve ways to invest in good food for emerging markets

This study identified innovation opportunities that have the potential to increase access to safe and nutritious foods in emerging markets in the next five years. The 12 innovations are distinguished by 4 priorities: 1) Start with sustainable, nutritious foods; 2) Invest in proximale processing; 3) Tackle traceability for safety and transparency and; 4) Keep it cool (cold storage options). Together, they would promote increased access to safe, nutritious foods that are available to consumers for longer periods of time. »

December 20, 2018Knowledge Portal
Market linkage – Agrocares soil scanner in Africa

This publication evaluates a soil scanner in Kenya, to identify success factors, possible bottlenecks and the added value of innovative soil testing services for farmers. Farmers indicated positive experiences with the scan, but it takes at least six months of investing to get these results. A critical success factor for the implementation of soil scanner services, are the management and board of a cooperative »

November 7, 2018Knowledge Portal
More effective and sustainable responses to Fall armyworm: Outcomes from e-conference

This e-conference on Fall armyworms aimed to give insight on lessons learned so far, effective strategies in reaching farmers, effectiveness of responses so far, long-term consequences of these responess and innovative ideas. Challenge and solutions are presented, in particular on how to move away from broad-spectrum pesticides, towards more effective responses such as integrated pest management, push-pull, and early warning systems. »

October 22, 2018Knowledge Portal
Options for keeping the food system within environmental limits

This article analyses options for reducing the environmental effects of the food system, including dietary changes towards more plant-based diets, improvements in technologies and management, and reductions in food loss and waste. Implementation of these measures will depend on the regulatory and¬†incentive framework. »

October 16, 2018Knowledge Portal
Breaking away from industrial food and farming systems: Seven case studies of agroecological transition

This report shines light on ways to drive transitions in food and farming systems, breaking away from industrial agriculture. Changes are required in four key dimensions: production practices, knowledge generationand dissemination, social and economic relations, and institutional frameworks. »