Scientists and public and private organizations are collecting evidence around the world about the benefits of ecological intensification. Based on your experience and knowledge we would like to know how evidence of these benefits can be demonstrated to stakeholders.
Question: What would be a good approach to reach stakeholders and share these benefits?
For example, in the field of Agroecology some scientists and practitioners have proposed the following approaches:
- ESTABLISHMENT OF FARMER TO FARMER PROGRAMS AND NETWORKS
- ENABLING POLICY ENVIRONMENTS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVELS
- ESTABLISHMENT OF SMALLHOLDER FARMER´S COLLECTIVES
Some interesting reading:
re What would be a good approach to reach stakeholders and share these benefits?
Rely on your Minister of Agriculture
(provided that s/he knows what s/he is talking about)
“Anybody who thinks we solve our environmental
problems by simply producing less food per hector is
totally ignoring the global realities of food
security, and the demands of a growing population,
and a growing middle class population internationally.
“So the only way forward here is for the European
Union, for Britain, for Ireland to actually find
better and newer ways of producing more food while
at the same time protecting the environment and the
natural resources that produce that food and that
“And without that we are not going to be able to meet
the huge challenges and demands of future
S. Coveney, the Irish Minister (BSc Agriculture)
Farmers’ organizations and grassroots action seem to be important ways of reaching stakeholders and sharing the benefits of ecological intensification. But, will this ever lead to large scale adoption of the relevant practices? So, RichardH has a point when flagging the importance of the Minister of Agriculture (or national policy). Another entry point could be extension agencies and services. This would probably involve a substantial training or retraining effort, but unless they are involved and supportive, there could always be an emphasis on traditional intensification practices from national agricultural programmes which would counterbalance the work of local farmer groups.
Many thanks for your participation and for sharing your insights. I will be uploading this discussion´s summary by the end of next week.
Have a great day!
Helga Gruberg Cazon wrote:
I will be uploading this discussion´s summary
by the end of next week.
That was on 07/07/2014
But today 21/07/2014, I still can’t find your upload.
Have I been looking in the wrong place,
Or is it still not up?
Have a great day!
Another month later (21/08/2014) and still no reply.
Never mind; for those interested in this Discussion, others have been active on the Question: What would be a good approach to reach stakeholders and share these benefits?.
Answer 1. International experts
The Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso has set up a group of international experts which
“a pour but de convaincre les décideurs politiques, le secteur privé et le grand public de la nécessité d’une transition vers des systèmes et des régimes alimentaires durables”
Answer 2. Industry
The Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform proposes
“that the UK Government should … work with industry … to develop a clear framework around the best use of UK agricultural land.”
Answer 3. Conceptual triangulation
Tira Foran and colleagues conclude that
“communities of practice in food security should use interdisciplinary, plural methods such as conceptual triangulation more regularly when designing interventions.”
ref (Science Direct)
Answer 4. Live without money
Mark Boyle used to make good money managing a big organic food company. Now he lives without money. So he is writing from experience when he says
“I believe the fact that we no longer see the direct repercussions our purchases have on the people, environment and animals they affect is the factor that unites these problems. …(I)f we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today. … If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t shit in it.”
And talking of big organic food companies, the Economist recently reported that
“the price premium for organic produce is crashing down. On a recent shopping trip, a pound of organic apples cost $2.99 at Whole Foods but just $1.99 at Sprouts and even less at Costco.”
ref The Economist
Answer 5. Continue the intensification
The recent review on “The Sustainable Intensification of European Agriculture” concludes
“the next increase in global food output must come from continued intensification of existing agricultural land”.
ref The RISE Foundation
It would be good if practioners could discuss all this at Liberation’s second meeting (2014), where concepts from the first meeting “will be discussed with a view to assessing their feasibility with practitioners (e.g. farmers and NGOs)”.
ref Liberation Newsletter Issue 1, July 2013
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