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Sustainable Agriculture: Impacts on food production and food security

Recent approaches to agricultural production and food security have failed to reduce the absolute numbers of the food insecure to ensure environmental sustainability. However, the views on how to improve global food security vary greatly and tend to focus solely on increasing food production. Sustainable intensification of agriculture is known to offer significant opportunities to improve food production. Data from some 63 sustainable agriculture projects and programmes have been here drawn together to illustrate what can be achieved. These are analysed for common characteristics. However, food production is only part of the picture. Food security, and hence people’s entitlement and access to food must also be improved.

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