The food security agenda is now becoming clearly aligned with a need to tackle human induced climate change. Agriculture is critical to this debate, with a need for a 70% increase in food production that is achieved in ways that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and allow farming systems to adapt to the changing climate. Sustainable intensification has been advocated as an approach that can achieve these twin objectives.
SRUC’s Carbon Management Centre organised an international conference on 25-27 September 2013 at Edinburgh University's John McIntyre Conference Centre to debate key issues surrounding sustainable intensification.
This event brought together natural scientists, social scientists, farm advisers and policy makers to discuss and debate the vital issues and explore how we can feed the rapidly expanding world whilst saving the environment.
Key scientific themes included development of new metrics for defining sustainable intensification, linking the development of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and how to support growth in developing countries without increasing their emissions.
The conference was opened by Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment.