The BioSight project, initiated in early 2013 with funding from the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), seeks to build a strong analytical framework for understanding and managing the tradeoffs emanating from land use and technological choice that have consequences for environmental quality, resource sustainability, and socio-economic well-being.

BioSight’s objective is to address the complex dimensions of sustainable intensification in a way that uniquely combines biophysical and economic analysis. The project brings together a large body of spatially explicit household, crop, livestock, land, and economic data to model complex synergies and tradeoffs associated with sustainable intensification on a short- to medium-term horizon, and at landscape, national, regional, and global scales. In turn, these models will provide researchers, practitioners, and policymakers with a better sense of options and opportunities associated with sustainable intensification—as well as the evidence to support actionable policy recommendations.

BioSight’s key targets are:

  • To create better linkages between the methodologies that address the intensification of crop, livestock, fish, and forestry production and the implications for the environment and human well-being – so that a more coherent framework is established for addressing these issues across the CGIAR centers and among our key stakeholders and collaborators.
  • To build effective knowledge and decision-support tools to help our stakeholders navigate the complex issues around sustainable intensification and the interplay between food, water, land, energy, and the broader complex of supporting ecosystem processes.
  • To engage with partners across CGIAR, in national agricultural research centers and advanced research institutes, in creating actionable policy recommendations around sustainable agricultural intensification across a variety of regions, farming systems, and agro-ecologies.

For more information about the BioSight project see this interview with Siwa Msangi.

BioSight project is led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and is part of the PIM’s research flagship on Technological Innovation and Sustainable Intensification.