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Farm Management Practices to Foster Green Growth

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This report looks at farm management practices with green growth potential, from farmer-led innovations (such as those directly linked to soil and water, Integrated Pest Management, organic farming) to science-led technologies (such as biotechnology and precision agriculture). Global food demand can only be met in a sustainable way if new forms of agricultural production and innovative technologies can be unlocked to increase the productivity, stability, and resilience of production systems with goals beyond just raising yields, including saving water and energy, reducing risk, improving product quality, protecting the environment and climate change mitigation.

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Is precision agriculture the start of a new revolution?

Precision agriculture is a whole-farm management approach with the objective of optimising returns on inputs, while improving agriculture’s environmental footprint. Precision farming is a relatively new management practice which has been made possible by the development of information technology and remote sensing. A wide range of technologies is available, but the most widely adopted precision farming technologies are knowledge-intensive. Information on precision agriculture adoption is based on sporadic and geographically dispersed surveys as countries do not regularly collect data. Although the main focus of precision agriculture has been on arable crop production, precision farming technologies are also applicable to the entire agro-food production system (i.e. animal industries, fisheries, forestry). This chapter examines the concept and use of precision farming in OECD countries, the key impediments to nurturing its green growth potential, and its impact on resource efficiency and productivity.

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