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August 26, 2015

Agriculture Green Growth: Adapting Policy Frameworks in Asia

Sara J. ScherrEcoAgriculture Partners

Widespread environmental degradation is undermining explosive commodity growth in Asia. Editor’s Note: In East and Southeast Asia, public policies and private investments to expand agricultural production of commodities have seriously undermined terrestrial and coastal ecosystems. In just a few decades, the region rapidly switched to monoculture export agriculture, supported by high chemical inputs, that reduced land quality […]

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August 25, 2015

LUMENS is illuminating land-use planning for sustainable landscapes

Robert FinlaysonWorld Agroforestry Centre

Involving all levels of government in achieving environmental goals is key to creating green economies. Editor’s Note: In the forthcoming book, Steps Toward Green: Policy Responses to the Environmental Footprint of Commodity Agriculture in East and Southeast Asia, the authors call for policymakers to formulate national strategies to upscale the work of innovative civic society and […]

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August 21, 2015

In Laos, an emphasis on cash-crop agriculture entails diverse impacts

Neil DawsonUniversity of East Anglia

East and Southeast Asia experienced a rapid development of their agricultural sectors that overturned the lives of rural communities and the structure of key ecosystems. Editor’s Note: High poverty rates, vast expanses of undeveloped land, and the availability of a large rural labor force presented ripe opportunities to develop the region as a leader in […]

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August 18, 2015

Collaborative Management around Agriculture in the Mekong River Basin

Nauman HaqueUnited Nations Environment Programme

Across East and Southeast Asia, many on-farm and local efforts are underway to incorporate environmental stewardship into agricultural production, but is it enough to save local ecosystems? Editor’s Note: The newest research from The World Bank, EcoAgriculture Partners, and Clarmondial informs policymakers of how to set environmental standards and put them into effect in their […]

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August 14, 2015

Roles Policymakers Can Play to Green Commodity Agriculture

Lucila FernandezEcoAgriculture Partners

Environmental issues are like a knot of tangled yarn. Within any given land area, there are many interconnections—between a country’s history, the area’s socio-political climate, its economic developments, the residing communities and their associated cultures, and regional and international interests—that all impact how natural resources (terrestrial and aquatic) are managed. As what happens when one […]

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August 11, 2015

Greening Commodity Agriculture in East and Southeast Asia

Lucila FernandezEcoAgriculture Partners

From the ground to government offices, this month the blog will report on agri-environmental policy in action and its future trajectory This September, the World Bank and EcoAgriculture Partners are excited to launch the book Steps Toward Green: Policy Responses to the Environmental Footprint of Commodity Agriculture in East and Southeast Asia, a collaborative study on agricultural […]

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