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Resource use efficiency revisited

Mateo, Nicolás and Ortiz Rios, Rodomiro Octavio (2013). Resource use efficiency revisited. I/In: Eco-Efficiency: from vision to reality. Sid./p. 1-17. Cali, Colombia: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
ISBN 978-958-694-118-1
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The notion of “eco-efficiency” can provide a solid basis for developing a conceptual understanding of rational and effective use of resources in agriculture and a set of tools to move us toward these objectives. It will not, however, be the magic bullet to solve the overuse of resources in agriculture. A wide range of concepts and approaches need to come together if we are to succeed in solving this problem. Both high-input intensive agriculture and low-input agriculture need to evolve based on
agroecological principles. In broad terms, high-input agriculture should aim at becoming more eco-efficient, and low-input agriculture needs to increase in productivity while retaining high efficiency of input use.

This chapter looks at eco-efficiency from a perspective of experiences and lessons in resource use, research for development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, policies and incentives, and social equity and gender. The narrative: (1) points out the key roles of research and potential research breakthroughs to alleviate food shortages in the future; (2) suggests following the path of “resource use efficiency” in terms of strategies and management practices; (3) suggests the need for changes
in land use; and (4) indicates the importance of investing in gender equity as a means to improve food production and food security and achieve greater social equity.

Authors/Creators:Mateo, Nicolás and Ortiz Rios, Rodomiro Octavio
Title:Resource use efficiency revisited
Year of publishing :2013
Page range:1-17
Number of Pages:17
Place of Publication:Cali, Colombia
Publisher:International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
ISBN for printed version:978-958-694-118-1
Publication Type:Book Chapter
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E10 Agricultural economics and policies
P Natural resources > P05 Energy resources management
X Agricola extesions > X30 Life sciences
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Agrovoc terms:Cropping systems, Climatic change, Sustainable agriculture, Agroecology, Developing countries
Keywords:eco-efficiency, resource use, development, climate change adaptation, mitigation, social equity, gender
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ID Code:10648
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Plant Breeding (from 130101)
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Deposited On:11 Jul 2013 13:46
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