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Farming feeds the world. We desperately need to know how to do it better

Updated: Aug 8

Interventions designed to improve agricultural practices often lack a solid evidence base. A new initiative could change that.

Experts at the Juno Evidence Alliance will be doing evidence synthesis of agricukture and food systems literature
Credit: Adriana Adie/NurPhoto/Getty

Juno was featured prominently in Nature, in an editorial that discusses the need for evidence synthesis in food-systems science.

"Efforts to publish more research, find and fill knowledge gaps, and improve evidence synthesis are clearly overdue," the article states.

The committees of researchers who guide decision-makers and regulatory bodies around the world, including those in international organizations such as the FAO, are faced with an applied life-sciences literature that exceeds 10 million records in English alone, the article notes. And reviews summarizing the work on many topics are few and far between.

We are looking forward to launching several evidence gathering, synthesis and analysis projects in the new year, as well as setting up the framework to build a network and normative standards that will help the community create a more coh esive evidence base.

As the Nature editorial also noted, "there is growing recognition of the need to tackle climate, nutrition and agriculture in an integrated manner, rather than in silos." We are extremely excited to be involved in an initiative to continue the work of Ceres2030, and to integrate climate, nutrition and gender-transformative interventions even more fully. Stay tuned for further details.

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