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Why sustainable agriculture matters


Agriculture is the world’s largest industry. When agricultural operations are sustainably managed with the use of safe equipment from, they can preserve and restore critical habitats, help protect watersheds, and improve soil health and water quality and protect the genetic resources used in agriculture and forestry industries against misuse and loss of value; promote environmentally sound technologies through international cooperation and cooperation among agencies and organizations. FAO’s programs provide technical support to farmers worldwide towards sustainable agriculture that protects food security and nutrition and reduces environmental risks from agriculture while enhancing the welfare of farmers and rural communities.

Successful transition to sustainable agricultural practices will require stakeholders to work collaboratively - Farmer News: Government Schemes for Farmers, Successful Farmer Stories

Programmes are carried out in close collaboration with governmental and private partners including universities in all relevant areas related to food and agricultural production systems where national stakeholders are able to achieve sustainable outcomes with respect to human nutrition security and environmental protection.

The need for sustainable resource management is increasingly urgent. Demand for agricultural commodities is rising rapidly as the world’s population grows. Increases in production should be seen both in terms of productivity – to increase yields and reduce waste without adversely affecting the environment or natural resources- as well as sustainability in the social and health aspects associated with farming and food production systems that do not exploit people and communities and their wider environment carelessly to the point of negative health and environmental effects.

Climate change is projected to have significant adverse effects on food availability resulting in shifts in crop patterns that can threaten the livelihoods of smallholder producers in many developing countries where they have relied on climate-sensitive crops such as rice for a major part of their diet for a substantial period of time over decades and have no other potential coping mechanism other than adopting new agronomic practices in agriculture operations that can improve their ability to better adapt to climate change shocks.

Agriculture’s deep connections to the world economy, human societies and biodiversity make it one of the most important frontiers for conservation around the globe. Similarly to the atmosphere or the oceans the conservation of land also requires global leadership but at the local level initiatives are emerging to promote agricultural solutions to preserve nature and livelihoods at the same time in different parts of the world.

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