Programmes aimed at increasing agricultural productivity often do not consider farmers’ perceptions of trade-offs and synergies, as a result many interventions have not reached some of the poorest and most vulnerable farmers, including women. However, these farmers are able to ‘produce more with less’ by intensifying their production in a sustainable way that also increases their resilience to shocks and stresses.

This project addresses the challenges and opportunities of smallholder farmers, in particular poor farmers and women farmers, in managing the trade-offs between production, sustainability, and other socio-economic and environmental factors. The project will:

      • Co-generate research findings with communities and decision makers at different levels.
      • Gain an understanding of the functioning and resilience of current farming and livelihoods systems in the study areas, household types and SIA indicators, and levels of SIA by household type, and influences of the enabling environment.
      • Analyse household, intra-household and community-level decision making processes on SIA.

Project website: https://www.iied.org/trade-offs-sustainable-intensification