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Nature-based solutions in agriculture: The case and pathway for adoption

2021

Summary

Food system demands have increased exponentially in recent decades and are estimated to continue growing as global populations increase and economic affluence expands. However, the very foundation of a productive system – healthy lands and soils and clean water supply – is already under immense pressure. In fact, by the most credible estimates, up to 52% of global agricultural lands are now moderately to severely degraded, with millions of hectares per year degrading to the point they are abandoned by the land manager. The loss of productive land, coupled with increased food demand, pushes agriculture to be the primary driver in 80% of native habitat loss. Agricultural irrigation is driving the majority of water scarcity issues in high-risk basins threatening food systems, community water supplies and ecosystem health. These pressures have resulted in the global agriculture sector driving more biodiversity loss, destruction of natural habitat, soil degradation and depletion of natural resources around the world than any other industry.

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agricultural sector case studies water scarcity land degradation demand policies innovation adoption

Cite this content as
​ Iseman, T. and Miralles-Wilhelm, F. 2021. Nature-based solutions in agriculture – The case and pathway for adoption. Virginia.FAO and The Nature Conservancy.
ISBN
978-92-5-133908-4
Pages
#53 p.
other entities involed
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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