Comments on: Putting Science into Action for Climate-Smart Agriculture Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:18:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: Javier Redoano - Agritranslate Thu, 03 Nov 2011 21:21:41 +0000 Biointensive agriculture seems to be a multiple-win solution, especially for small farmers in developing countries and LDCs. It requires small plots, as it makes the most of the soil with high yields mainly owing to the increase in plant density, which also prevents soil degradation from wind and water erosion. In turn, higher land productivity helps farmers have access to markets thanks to the competitive prices reached also as a result of lower production costs achieved by saving on such inputs as inorganic fertilizers (replaced by compost, which is usually elaborated by the farmers themselves), agrochemicals and hybrid seeds. Increased plant density also reduces tillage for weed control, which lowers production costs as well as carbon emissions. At the same time, this climate-smart agricultural practice agriculture increases soil capacity of water storage, since crops are grown on a specially prepared double arable layer, which offsets water loss from capillary action.
With regard to rural women, this low-input method that can be put into practice in small plots is an ideal alternative for them to improve their socioeconomic conditions and overcome gender-related inequalities and discrimination.
As for the reduction of GHG emissions, this is one of the main pros featured by biointensive agriculture thanks to lesser use of fossil fuels and smaller cropping areas which avoids deforestation and slay-and burn-practices, thus preserving carbon sequestration sources.
Biointensive agriculture appears to be one of the best ways to ensure rural livelihoods and food safety while protecting the environment and preserving natural resources. Not only should it be incorporated to the climate change agenda, but it should be mainstreamed as a key element of the solution to climate change underlying any agricultural policy.