One way to decrease poverty is to increase farm yields. One way to increase farm yields in a way that benefits the poor and is environmentally friendly is focusing on sustainable intensification. The below paragraph explains what sustainable intensification is.
“Sustainable intensification includes a panoply of agro ecological techniques. Farmers are planting nitrogen-fixing trees, which shelter crops, prevent erosion, and provide fertilizer. There’s the push-pull strategy, where farmer push bugs away from grain by growing insect-repellent plants along the rows, while also pulling pests away from the crops by planting attractive plants outside the fields. Aquaculture is on the rise, creating an opportunity for more fish polyculture. There is significant evidence that these techniques are already providing a part of the solution”. …show more content…
Crop production began to increase in many areas of the world especially Asia. Selective plant breeding produced high yielding varieties of rice, maize, sorghum, and wheat. These high yield varieties performed best under high applications of fertilizer and also required expenditure for pesticides, irrigation and farm machinery. Rice was a success story as well as soybeans. During the greatest history of population growth food supply per capita grew. The Green Revolution was a big success however it raised some issues such as increasing vulnerability to pests and using heavy use of pesticides, high dependency on technology, questionable sustainability as well as heavy use of fresh water. (Global