Tackling agricultural productivity also helps mitigate climate change threats

In this video interview Sara Scherr, president and CEO of EcoAgriculture Partners, discusses the win-win of landscape interventions, which can achieve both climate and development objectives.

Many solutions to improve agricultural productivity and farmer livelihoods also have positive impacts on climate change adaptation, and they often aren’t cash intensive.

The greatest challenge for agriculture in the developing world is the “growing pressure on the resource base” — that is the increasingly degraded soils, forests and watersheds — all of which are exacerbated by climate change, said Sara Scherr, president and CEO of EcoAgriculture Partners.

Much of the work to improve those agricultural landscapes can be done by local people either at the farm or community level, supported by a variety of locally based institutions and land managers. If those local institutions and individuals receive more technical assistance, some additional financial resources and critical support in disseminating and sharing knowledge, it could make a tremendous impact, she said.

Watch the video interview to learn more about how organizations can work together to improve agricultural landscapes and development objectives in rural areas.

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  • Adva Saldinger

    Adva Saldinger is a Senior Reporter at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.