A study in rural Nigeria underscores the importance of direct experience and local context in shaping people’s awareness of ecosystem services. Likewise, there are immediate entry points for government extension services to simultaneously increase human well-being and conservation outcomes.
China's Agriculture Investment Bank plans to inject USD $450 billion into agriculture over the next four years. If this colossal investment is put towards projects that rely on the current agroecological research, it could spur an environmentally sustainable future for Chinese farmers.
The control of pests by their natural enemies represents an important ecosystem service that has the potential to mitigate pest control costs and crop yield loss. The value of ecosystem services to agriculture is enormous and often under-appreciated.
Diversity in land use can support ecosystem services such as biological pest control and reduce the need for insecticides. Evidence to support this has been found in North America, Europe and Australia, but very limited information is available from developing countries