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March 30, 2017

The Grapes of Ziway: Business in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

Ethan MillerYale University

Tuscany, Napa Valley, South Africa—you’re thinking of wine right? Well if you haven’t already, you should add one more region to that list: the Central Rift Valley, Ethiopia. Castel Winery is making a name for itself in the global wine industry and for more reasons than just the quality of its beverage. Situa…
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March 29, 2017

Tree-planting Startup Shows 4 Steps to Raising Capital for Restoration

Sofia FaruqiWorld Resources InstituteFlorence LandsbergWorld Resources Institute

Amsterdam-based Land Life Company had an innovative idea: a patented technology that enables trees to grow in arid and degraded land. The three-year-old start-up recently raised $2.6 million to expand operations. Other restoration players can do the same, using a four-step plan created with input from investors and re…
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March 27, 2017

Douglas McGuire: Forum will build links between investors and sustainable landscapes

The EditorsEcoAgriculture Partners

It seems like every week we hear about another major commitment to restore degraded forests and landscapes, and pledges of millions, even billions of dollars to do so. For example, the government of Norway in January pledged $400 million for restoration, intended to catalyze a further $1.6 billion in private investme…
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March 21, 2017

African Landscapes Dialogue sparks advances in continental action plan

Melissa ThaxtonEcoAgriculture Partners

The African Landscapes Action Plan provided the starting point for a highly enriching dialogue. July 2017 will mark the third anniversary of the adoption of the African Landscapes Action Plan (ALAP), a strategic roadmap for achieving sustainable landscape management in Africa. Developed in July 2014 at the “Landscap…
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March 20, 2017

The impacts of climate change on agricultural workers

Julie PotyrajMilken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University

A thriving agriculture sector is necessary for food production. But a healthy agricultural workforce is just as important. By 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow from its current 7.37 billion to 9.7 billion. With almost 2.5 billion more mouths to feed, global food demand will also inevitably increase. I…
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March 16, 2017

Policy as a magical black box

Jonathan DaviesInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

“Sometimes policy is talked about as if it is a magical black box – you pour in evidence and a policy solution will emerge. This may partly reflect a wide range of different meanings of “policy” – from over-arching political commitments to legislation to public budgeting”, one of the participants of the di…
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