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Sustainable Intensification

A New Paradigm for African Agriculture

June 3, 2013

On 28th May 2013, the European Commission and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) launched the report 'Sustainable Intensification: A New Paradigm for African Agriculture'. The report aims to provide a new framework for understanding sustainable intensification and offers practical approaches to achieving it.

The report was published in the framework of the Montpellier Panel a group of international experts from the fields of agriculture, sustainable development, trade, policy, and global development chaired by Sir Gordon Conway of Imperial College London. The Panel makes recommendations to enable better European government support of national and regional agricultural development and food security priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Panel first met in Montpellier in March 2010.

The report provides innovative thinking and examples of the way in which the techniques of Sustainable Intensification are being used by smallholder farmers in Africa to address the continent's food and nutrition crisis. It begins by examining the process and elements of Intensification itself, before considering how we then ensure that the Intensification is Sustainable, and concludes with practical solutions in action today across the African continent, that underline the positive impacts the framework can produce if scaled up more effectively.

The launch took place at the European Commission, Brussels, on 28th May 2013. It featured several prominent experts including Michael Hailu, Director of CTA; Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food Security and Nutrition, Directorate General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid, European Commission and Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of FARA; Dr Peter Hazell, Montpellier Panel member and Visiting Professor, Imperial College London; H.E. Ms Brave Ndisale, Ambassador of Malawi to the EU; David Radcliffe, Montpellier Panel member and Senior advisor: Agricultural Research for Development, EuropeAid, European Commission; and Tom Arnold, Montpellier Panel member, former CEO of Concern Worldwide and Chair of the Convention of the Irish Constitution.

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