Modelling Steady State Irrigated Production

Source: WNO An initial output of the BioSight project is the following paper by Richard Howitt, Duncan MacEwan, and Siwa Msangi. Modeling Steady-State Irrigated Production The practices that are typically associated with having increased the productivity of agriculture are crop selection, cultivation, irrigation, and rotation. In the past century, the first three practices have bloomed >> Read more

Gender Dimensions of Agricultural Innovation Awareness and Adoption

Source: IFAD An initial output of the BioSight project is the following working paper: Gender Dimensions of Agricultural Innovation Awareness and Adoption Researchers and stakeholders are becoming increasingly attuned to the role that gender plays in economic policies and development. Traditionally, researchers made implicit assumptions that households pooled resources and made collective decisions as a single >> Read more

Agent Based Models in Natural Resource Management

  As one of the initial outputs of the BioSight project, Andrew Bell, Derek Robinson, Ammar Malik, and Snigdha Dewal authored a working paper on the use of agent based models (ABMs) in the field of natural resource management: Modular Agent Based Model Development in Natural Resource Management for Improved Dissemination and Training. Andrew Bell, >> Read more

Building a Framework for Modelling Sustainable Intensification

Source: CGIAR The workshop held over 3-4 December, 2013 on the BioSight project was attended by over 40 participants from a range of CGIAR centers, Universities and Advanced Research Institutes – modeling experts in the areas of agricultural production and markets, land use, environmental quality and crop production systems, as well as experts in institutions and governance >> Read more

Bio-Economic Models: State of the Art and Key Priorities

  An initial output of the BioSight project is the following working paper written by Guillermo Flichman and Thomas Allen: Bio-Economic Modeling: State of the Art and Key Priorities. Guillermo Flichman, Thomas Allen Bio-economic models are models that combine bio-physical components, often related to crop, soil or livestock, with economic mathematical programming models. The development >> Read more

Modelling Environmental and Economic Aspects of Livestock Production

Image Source: Flickr, IFPRI BioSight will be participating in a session on livestock modelling at the upcoming conference on Agriculture in an Interconnected World, being held by the International Association of Agricultural Economics (IAEE) between August 8-14, 2015 in Milan, Italy. Below is an excerpt from the conference proposal: The livestock sector plays an important >> Read more

Project Briefing

BioSight’s long-term vision is to establish an integrated and trans-disciplinary toolkit that is widely owned by IFPRI and its partners, and that supports scientific efforts to monitor and support sustainable intensification within important food systems.

Aims of the Project

The BioSight project is aimed to support the analysis and of the complex tradeoffs around sustainable intensification of agriculture, and to support operational or strategic decision-making around how to deal with these tradeoffs.