Mitra Rajnarinesingh ID # 814117641
Sustainable Agriculture consists of three pillars which are economy, community and environment. If any of these three pillars are missing entirely or not addressed adequately then our agriculture is not sustainable. I fully agree with the article because implementing sustainable agriculture model would be a step in the right direction in eradicating hunger and improving food security. This can be done by managing our natural resources such our land resources and water which are key inputs in the food production systems. This process would include well aerated soils, and ensuring that there is reduced land degradation and this helps in boosting agriculture lands as well as reducing pressure to clear forest lands and this is critical to meeting future food needs. Another key resource is water and through proper management of the water supply through improved irrigation systems and water storage techniques we can sustain our dry lands productivity.
Another essential topic discussed in the article is tackling climate change, natural disasters and diseases which all negatively agriculture production. The agriculture sector is affected by increase in temperatures which cause wilting of plants, rising sea levels and disasters such as hurricanes can directly destroy crops through flooding and uprooting of crops. Pests can act as carriers of allergens and they can also affect the ecology as pests prey on fauna and plants hence reducing number of native species and upsetting ecological balance.
My recommendation is the setting up of research unit that will assist in improving scientific knowledge and develop technologies to support food system through sound soil and pest management , mitigating climate change which will boost agricultural yield making agriculture systems productive and less wasteful while protecting the environment.
“Food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture .” SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTKNOWLEDGE PLATFORM. Accessed April 10, 2017. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/foodagriculture.