Policies for
sustainable practices

What incentives will lead farmers to adopt environmentally sustainable practices?

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When people think about agriculture, they tend to think about the very tangible here-and-now issues of water, pests, and diseases that arise on farmers’ fields. But food systems are much bigger and more complex than meets the eye, and forward-thinking international policies on trade and food security are the hidden backbone of a functional global market. These policies help us ensure that food systems work today. And when these policies and incentives are calibrated to local contexts, they can also help ensure that we are on path to making the right changes for the future.

Our synthesis will look at the evidence on incentives for farmers to adopt best farming practices. It will examine whether these best practices are effective at increasing productivity, profitability, and environmental sustainability. The implementation of these sustainable practices may, however, require significant effort from farmers and the support of governments and public-private partnerships at national and local levels. The outputs from this review will be able to guide decision-makers in considering the range of possible policy solutions to encourage best practices for a more sustainable future.

Research team

Valeria Piñeiro

Valeria Piñeiro

Lead author, Senior Research Coordinator, International Food and Policy Research Institute

Joaquín Arias Segura

Joaquín Arias Segura

Inter-American Institute for the Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

Jochen Dürr

Jochen Dürr

Senior Researcher, University of Bonn’s Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Pablo Elverdin

Pablo Elverdin

Strategy and Content Coordinator, Group of Producing Countries of the Southern Cone

Ana María Ibáñez

Ana María Ibáñez

Professor, School of Economics, Universidad de los Andes; Principal Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank

Alison Kinengyere

Alison Kinengyere

Makere University

Christian Morales-Opazo

Christian Morales-Opazo

Economist, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

Nkechi S. Owoo

Nkechi S. Owoo

Senior Lecturer, Economics, University of Ghana

Jessica Page

Jessica Page

Librarian, Veterinary Medicine, Food, Animal and Environment Sciences, Ohio State University

Steve Prager

Steve Prager

Senior Scientist, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Maximo Torero

Maximo Torero

Assistant Director General, Economic and Social Development Department, UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Research protocol

 

The full details of the the protocol for this evidence synthesis are available on the OSF open platform run by the Center for Open Science.

 

This is one of eight evidence syntheses selected by Ceres2030 to help decision-makers choose the best interventions to achieve the UN's Sustainability Development Goal of "Zero Hunger" by 2030 (SDG 2).