Nature-Based Solutions in Agriculture: The Case and Pathway for Adoption

Nature-Based Solutions in Agriculture: The Case and Pathway for Adoption

In order to sustain the future of food systems – and by extension, human life – producers around the globe must lead a transition to agricultural practices that regenerate landscapes. The Food and Land Use Coalition’s Growing Better report (2019) laid out the scientific evidence and economic case for 10 critical transformations of our food system – three of which are Nature-based Solutions (NbS) – that, by 2030, could help bring climate change under control, safeguard biological diversity, ensure healthier diets for all, drastically improve food security and create more inclusive rural economies (FOLU, 2019). This report builds on that momentum, providing much-needed insight on the policy interventions and financial mechanisms necessary to enable sector-wide adoption and implementation of NbS in agriculture.

Key messages:

  1. Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are cost-effective interventions that can enhance resilience in agriculture and food production, while mitigating climate change and enhancing the environment
  2. Agricultural producers have a critical role in implementing NbS in their operations and can help to shape wider landscape scale approaches to Nature-based Solutions
  3. Policy makers can enable the implementation of nature-based approaches through a variety of means including by law and regulation, economic incentives, capacity building, and communications

Author: F. Miralles-Wilhelm and T. Iseman

Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); The Nature Conservancy

Language: English

Year: 2021

Keyword(s): agriculture, climate smart agriculture (CSA), food security, nature-based solutions (NbS), nutrition, sustainable land management

Ecosystem(s): Agricultural Land

Location(s): Global