What is agricultural diversification? Why do we need it?

Agricultural diversification is the shift from growing a monoculture of crops to introducing a wider range of crop specifies and agricultural systems that can link producers, consumers and markets in more variable and volatile climates.

We need to diversify our agricultural system so that we are not only dependent on four major crops for our food and non-food source. With a wide arrange of crops, agricultural diversification can also contribute to improved incomes, food security and nutrition, provide cropping systems that are more resilient to climate change and identify non-food crops for renewable energy.

What is the objective of GAPAD?

The purpose of all GAPAD actions is to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA 2030) through agricultural diversification. This will eventually contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1- No Poverty. GAPAD will also address five specific SDGs (2, 7, 12, 13 and 15).

Why SDG 2, 7, 12, 13, 15 and 17?

While these Sustainable Development Goals are independent, they are all interlinking especially when it comes to agriculture diversification. Agriculture diversification can help contribute and address these specific SDGs: zero hunger, affordable and clean energy, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life on land and partnerships for the goals.

Who supports the GAPAD initiative?

GAPAD’s alliances span from all over the globe. This includes members of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA). AIRCA is a nine-member alliance focused on increasing global food security by supporting smallholder agriculture within healthy, sustainable and climate-smart landscapes.

How can I support/contribute to GAPAD?

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