To meet the global challenge of food security and in particular to support Sub- Saharan Africa’s growing population with sufficient and nutritional food, agricultural production must increase. Different approaches and methods for increasing production also need to be assessed in terms of how far they can reduce environmental impacts, given the major environmental challenges for global agriculture, such as climate change, conserving biodiversity etc. At the same time there are pressing social challenges which include the persistence of chronic poverty for many communities and rising inequality globally.
Within this context, the concept of sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI) has emerged with a generally accepted aim of increasing agricultural productivity
while maintaining or improving environmental sustainability. A key objective for SAIRLA is to commission research and facilitate multi-scale learning to understand different ways of achieving SAI and their developmental implications. SAIRLA has a key focus on assessing how SAI can be promoted in ways that enable women and poorer smallholders in Africa to participate in and benefit from agricultural development through SAI approaches.
Download Understanding different perspectives on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and how it can be achieved, SAIRLA Working Paper 1.