Global Development Framework Helps Local Farming Initiatives Achieve Sustainable Agriculture

Global Development Framework Helps Local Farming Initiatives Achieve Sustainable Agriculture

As food security is among the cornerstones of climate resilience, global initiatives in sustainable agriculture that can be applied at localized levels are increasingly sought.

Team Gemini has provided a glimpse into how drought impacts communities, soil impacts agriculture, and other ways in which our lives are influenced by shifting climate conditions and natural resources. Among the best ways to prevent issues related to energy and food resources is to decentralize their production. To help achieve that goal, Team Gemini provides multiple sustainability technologies for comprehensive energy independence, along with numerous options for food and related resource production and processing. These combined options—as can be highlighted by microgrids in remote regions, and proposed project models in India and elsewhere—will be increasingly part of local and global sustainability infrastructure.

There are a number of studies and tools available to help assess needs assessments and workable solutions. On a global level, the United Nations contributes a variety of initiatives and projects that solve some of the most pressing agriculture issues. A new guide offers a model and other resources in this effort:

Generating transformational impact on the ground is the vision behind the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by 193 United Nations member-states in 2015. The 17 global goals form a bold new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda which commits the world to ending poverty and ensuring a sustainable future. The second goal challenges the world to eliminate hunger entirely and develop sustainable food systems. Achieving “Zero Hunger” will require improving nutrition – particularly for women and children; creating sustainable food systems that increase production, incomes – particularly for smallholder farmers in developing countries – and safeguard ecosystems; and improving the stability and efficiency of markets so that food can be conveyed from farm to fork and traded across borders.

A new “Guide to Country-Led Action” […] outlines how this can be done. Drawing from the experience of the Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture (NVA) initiative, it presents a model for country-led action which has been developed and tested in 19 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, mobilizing over USD 10 billion in investment commitments and benefiting over 9.6 million farmers to date. While the model has been developed in one particular sector, it is an approach that can be adapted to any of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Among other details, the guide outlines the following 8-Step Framework for Action (each of which is accompanied by relevant case studies):

The pros of sustainable agriculture far outweigh the cons, particularly with increasingly strained resource conditions. Specific to Team Gemini’s offerings in supplying various resources, team members like 2G Energy (combined heat and power), Viessmann (thermal energy et al), ABB (resource management and monitoring), and A3 (wastewater treatment and conservation) come to mind. These companies, among others, provide outstanding technology and service options to fulfill a variety of energy efficiency, as well as resource production and processing needs for countless industries.

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