RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 25 (IPS) - It took Brazil four decades to overcome food insecurity and earn a place as a major global food supplier. Now its experiences will contribute to the evidence base for a new initiative that seeks ...
The current challenge for Brazil is to promote another revolution integrating agricultural and forestry systems.
"The country still has 60 percent of its natural virgin forests, and we want to keep them that way, by managing them intelligently. No other country has an agricultural sector that is moving so determinedly towards sustainability as Brazil," he added.
There are no "magic solutions" that can be applied everywhere, so what is needed is a new approach in which scientists and farmers work together, he told Tierramérica.
Ann Tutwiler, the new director general of Bioversity International, stressed the need to solve "multiple equations".
The aim of the new initiative is "to look at different solutions that can help solve more than one equation, both local and global. We can identify production practices that can conserve biodiversity, reduce environmental impact and maintain or improve yields. We can identify crops that will improve nutrition and provide ecological services," Tutwiler told Tierramérica.
"Our initiative is based on studies backed by the best existing science in terms of both agricultural technologies and environmental considerations, including climate change, the decarbonisation of the agricultural sector, and changes in the use of fertilisers, of which the most harmful are nitrogen fertilisers," he said.