Feed the Future Innovation Labs Partners Meeting: Day 2
The second day of the Innovation Labs Partners Meeting kicked off with a presentation and conversation on sustainable intensification (SI). SI focuses on increasing food production on existing farmland while minimizing negative impacts on the environment. Jerry Glover provided an overview of how SI optimizes the production of farming systems per unit of area. Vara Prasad outlined the five-year plan for the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab, which was recently funded for a five-year grant.
Throughout the morning, attendees also heard from Rangaswamy (Muni) Muniappan of the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab, Neville Clarke of the Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation, Regis Chikowo of Africa RISING (Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation), Tara Steinmetz of the Assets & Market Access Innovation Lab, and Duncan Boughton of the Food Security Policy Innovation Lab.
One ongoing thread of discussion has regarded how communication between practitioners and the Innovation Labs can be improved so that the best technologies might come to bear on the lives of smallholder farmers.
Stay tuned for more updates, including the day's PowerPoint presentations, and don't forget to follow @Agrilinks on Twitter for live updates. Have thoughts regarding how to improve linkages between researchers and development practitioners? Tweet them or start a conversation in the comments section on the event page!