To ensure that economic growth is environmentally sustainable, we need to go beyond practices that "do no harm" and move toward the regeneration of natural environments and resources upon which rural communities depend. Climate-smart practices like agroforestry and improvements in water use efficiency will play key roles in achieving long-term sustainability, but spurring investment in these practices can be challenging.
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Join this month's Ask Ag chat as Anita Campion (Connexus), Paul Hicks (Catholic Relief Services) and Noel Gurwick (USAID) answer your questions about financing and incentivizing sustainable and climate-smart development. Our panel will also discuss approaches and technologies for regenerating degraded landscapes.
Some guiding questions include:
- How can the public and private sectors collaborate to restore deforested areas, depleted soils, and scarce water supplies while improving agricultural productivity?
- What approaches and technologies are most cost-effective and may motivate small farmers to adopt climate-smart methods and protect soils?
- How can we ensure that all farmers, including women and youth, have access to finance, markets, fair prices and climate-smart technical assistance?
- How can governments balance environmental protection policies with a desire to attract investments for economic growth?
If you'd like to learn more about this topic, the Cracking the Nut 2016 conference will highlight good practices from the public and private sector for developing and investing in new technologies and practices that will help us manage natural resources sustainably. Find out more here and register here.