Study finds high potential for sustainable intensification of agriculture in Asia, but important questions remain
A recent study published by International Potato Center scientists Marcel Gatto and Guy Hareau suggests that smallholder farmers can add a round of potato crop between rice seasons to give their families more food from the same area of land. In addition, household incomes can increase from selling the additional produce or by spending less money on food for the family.
Gatto and Hareau conducted their study to observe the potential for “sustainable intensification” of agriculture in India and Bangladesh, where food and nutrition security remain problematic even though arable land is available for cultivation.
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