Sustainable agriculture could increase yields" by up to 500 per cent"

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Members of the Cooperative Agriculture Maraicher for Boulbi, water and hoe their vegetable fields in Kieryaghin village, Burkina Faso. Photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Crop yields in Africa could be increased by up to 500 per cent if farmers use what's been called an eco-system based or EBA approach to agriculture; that's according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

EBA promotes the sustainable use of land and discourages deforestation and the overuse of fertilisers to increase yields.

UNEP is advocating EBA in response to the twin challenges facing Africa; adapting to climate change and an increase in population.

Priscilla Lecomte has been speaking to UNEP's Richard Munang, who works on climate change.

Duration: 3'01"

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