- Learning Network
Many solutions leading to multiple benefits from agricultural landscapes have been spearheaded and implemented by producer and community organizations. Scaling up these activities and impacts, however, often requires partnering with other stakeholder groups in the landscape. Meanwhile, landscape investments being promoted by governments, NGOs, and businesses tend to have limited input from small producers and communities into their objectives and design, nor are the interests of such groups likely to be accommodated in multi-stakeholder processes. Effort is needed, therefore, to bridge these stakeholder groups to support truly effective multi-stakeholder coordination and collaboration in achieving the full range of benefits from landscapes.
In addition, the recent explosion of landscape innovations on the ground that are being led by different stakeholders is occurring in diverse settings from forest management to watershed planning, agrobiodiversity initiatives, and many more. Lessons from these investments have not yet been widely shared between these communities of practice. Therefore, a second challenge is to bridge the emerging knowledge networks and diverse communities advancing integrated landscape action.
The Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Initiative (LPFN) seeks to strengthen ongoing investments in multi- stakeholder agricultural landscapes to meet the full set of needs from the rural land base—including sustainable, climate-resilient production of food and fiber, watershed management, biodiversity conservation, bio-energy, terrestrial climate mitigation, and rural livelihoods.
The Initiative adopted a collaborative learning strategy for engaging landscape managers, researchers and policymakers across diverse communities of practice and geographies. This international platform is designed for sharing information across learning landscapes, fostering multi-stakeholder dialogue, and generating and synthesizing knowledge on landscape approaches, tools, and innovations.
Recognizing diverse aspects and aspirations for landscape management including strengthening of existing initiatives and the formation of new landscape platforms worldwide, the LPFN’s learning landscapes are selected and mentored to help facilitate the exchange of relevant experiences and lessons with a network of other landscape leaders and communities of practice, through collaborative learning activities.
The Initiative currently is working to help strengthen a strategic selection of learning landscapes in which LPFN partners are intimately engaged and that stand to generate important lessons for others. The Lari-Kijabe landscape in Kenya, Imarisha Naivasha in Kenya, Laikipia Wildlife Forum in Kenya, the Maasai Steppe Heartland in Tanzania, the Mbeya landscape in Tanzania, learning watershed networks in Ethiopia, and the Gampola landscape in Sri Lanka are among landscapes with which the Initiative is facilitating collaborative dialogue and the development of Landscape Strengthening Action Plans to help scale-up and share their successes.
To collectively build a strong international platform of learning around landscape approaches, the Initiative engages in the following types of collaborative learning activities in landscapes with partners of the LPFN:
The Landscapes Strengthening Working Group is looking for landscapes to join our network, to benefit from the cumulative knowledge of a global group of fellow practitioners, and to contribute to improving landscape investments for multiple benefits around the world. To get involved, please contact Working Group Co-leaders Louise Buck at email@example.com, Chris Planicka at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Constance Neely at email@example.com