Sustainable intensification of agriculture

Challenges for African farmers: case studies exploring trade-offs made by farming households in three countries

Sustainable intensification of agriculture aims to produce more with less: to increase harvests without using more resources. The concept has been seen as key to achieving food security in Africa – but in practice smallholders face numerous challenges in adopting this approach.

IIED worked with partners in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, Mali and the Netherlands to explore how smallholder farmers in Africa are managing the trade-offs between increasing their harvests and achieving other socioeconomic and environmental objectives. We also developed a series of recommendations for policymakers.