Sustainable Agriculture for Habitat Conservation
Increasing populations and rising standards of living are driving agricultural expansion, resulting in habitat loss, land degradation and increased carbon emissions. Around the world, 55 percent of new agricultural land is created from forests and agricultural production and conversion contribute up to 30 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions.
Appropriate land use regimes informed by conservation mapping—The Nature Conservancy’s expertise—coupled with intensification of production on our current agricultural footprint can provide food security for the projected population of 9 billion people while also lessening the impacts on nature. Supporting behavioral change and using sustainable technologies will make these practices and strategies the norm at farm and landscape levels—improving yields and reducing environmental impacts.
In order to avoid the conversion of forests and grasslands to agricultural land, NatureVest’s work in sustainable agriculture seeks to create financial incentives for smallholder farmers to intensify production on current agricultural lands while promoting more sustainable land use practices. Through on-farm and supply-chain interventions, we are able to create value that will support these sustainable practices and increase revenues for producers.