November 17, 2014

Sacred Forests as Bioreserves: Conserving Natural Resources & Protecting Livelihoods

Jes WaltonEcoAgriculture Partners Elise UrsinEcoAgriculture Partners

The Siliserh Chhind Landscape encompasses 30 villages in Rajasthan, India and is characterized by Siliserh Lake and the flat-topped Aravalli hills, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Water scarcity and low rain falls (with the exception of monsoon season) leave much of this area somewhat infertile, and therefore, growing crops is not […]

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November 14, 2014

Developing Resilient Farming Systems: A Case From Chitikhola, Nepal

Sandesh TimilsinaKarnali Technical School

Basu Raj Kadariya, a progressive farmer from the Chitikhola village in the Tanahun district of Nepal, has faced many ups and downs in farming. Kadariya and other farmers once cultivated their lands to produce a handful of grains, limited to feeding their families for a few months out of the year. However, limited irrigation, poor […]

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November 11, 2014

New Curriculum: Monitoring & Evaluation for Sustainable Land Management

EcoAgriculture Partners, along with Cornell University, the Environmental Resources Management Center for Sustainable Development and TerrAfrica, has recently released a new curriculum for a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) course for sustainable land management practitioners. This curriculum, entitled A Landscape Perspective on Monitoring & Evaluation for Sustainable Land Management, is geared towards leadership groups that support a […]

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November 7, 2014

Preserving Evolutionary History Alongside Tropical Agriculture

Daniel KarpUniversity of California, Berkeley The Nature Conservancy Luke Owen FrishkoffStanford University

How to feed an ever-growing human population while simultaneously preserving Earth’s biodiversity is a major global challenge. Accomplishing both of these goals requires that we understand the potential for agricultural landscapes to harbor biodiversity. In tropical Costa Rica, where we do the majority of our fieldwork, landscapes are extremely heterogeneous. Agriculture can take the form […]

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November 5, 2014

Sustainable Food and Agriculture Expert Urges Us to Stop Treating Soil Like Dirt

Editor’s note: Since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, humans have been inching further and further away from their connection to the farm and, more importantly, the soil. Increased yield, pest-resistant crops, and bigger machines have ignited concerns surrounding the protection of the land we cultivate. John Buchanan of Conservation International addresses the threat of an […]

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November 1, 2014

Taking a Look at a Landscape (Approach) Portrait of Africa

Editor’s note: In a recently published article in the journal World Development, researchers at the World Agroforestry Centre and EcoAgriculture Partners surveyed 87 integrated landscape initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa to answer questions like what motivates land managers to start ILIs, which stakeholders are most likely to be involved, and what are the most commonly achieved outcomes. The report is part of the larger Continental […]

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