Agriculture as practiced in most parts of the world today will simply not feed a human population of 9 billion by 2050. Innovation in food production is needed, and it needs to be adopted on a wide scale. The agricultural innovations needed will necessarily raise productivity and water-use efficiency of crops, while protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from farming.
EverGreen Agriculture has emerged as an affordable and accessible science-based approach to caring better for the land through three main forms:
- Farmer- Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) of trees;
- Conventional agriculture interplanted with trees and
- Conservation Agriculture With Trees (CAWT)
These low-cost and highly effective innovations promise higher crop yields, healthier soils and higher incomes for farmers, particularly the poorest smallholders in the developing world. The innovations also contribute to climate resilience for people and the planet.