The Worldwatch Institute is collecting examples of agricultural innovations that farmers and others might consider using to help alleviate hunger and poverty in the places most in need. We’re defining innovation broadly. In some cases it might mean farmers planting a new crop variety, implementing a new cropping system, or returning to a traditional approach for pest control. In other cases it might mean an innovative policy, like water pricing, farmer cooperatives, or farmer-managed seed banks. But no matter the innovation, we are most interested in those that take environmental sustainability into consideration, while also raising farmer income and increasing food security. In other words, innovations that nourish people, as well as the planet.
And we need your input.
We’re inviting farmers, agricultural scientists, extension agents, development workers, government officials, urban gardeners, livestock keepers and others to take our survey to assess innovations in agriculture. Our goal is to draw attention to the sorts of innovations that are currently used in fields, pastures, empty lots, and backyards in sub-Saharan Africa, but that may need additional financial or policy support. We will be sharing our findings with farmer organizations, development agencies, international funders, private foundations and agricultural research institutions, including the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centers and National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) centers throughout Africa. And many of these innovations will be featured in the 2011 edition of State of the World, Worldwatch’s annual book.
Although our project is focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, we’re interested in examples from all over the world. Send us your responses and we’ll post some of the most interesting innovations.
Thanks for your help!