Half the earth’s habitable land surface is devoted to agriculture, and a growing human footprint will place increasing demands upon croplands, pastures and rangelands over the coming century.

Habitat destruction, principally driven by agricultural expansion, is currently the primary driver of biodiversity loss. Agriculture itself is responsible for one quarter of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

Research in the Georgina Mace Centre sits at the nexus of these complex challenges – identifying ways to minimize the impacts of land use change, maximize agricultural productivity, and restore habitats that have been degraded by intensive cropping or overgrazing.

Key academics

Sustainable palm agriculture in Africa

Sustainable palm agriculture in Africa

Watch this short animation to learn more about how scientists in West and South Africa are approaching sustainable agriculture and contributing to food, economic and environmental security.