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November 25, 2014

Making Large Land Initiatives in Africa Work: Policy Reforms that Support Ecosystem-Based Approaches

Richard MunangUnited Nations Environment Programme Robert MgendiUnited Nations Environment Programme

Nearly 240 million people, or 1 in every 4 persons, in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lack adequate food. Record food prices and drought are pushing more people into hunger and poverty. In the face of this, we must ask, how can we build a food secure Africa? In resolving the perennial food security challenge in Africa, […]

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November 24, 2014

Global Landscape Restoration: The Art of the “Do-able”

Peter BesseauThe Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration

This post is part of an online discussion on large-scale land interventions that runs through December 14th. Can these initiatives fulfill their promises? Comment below or send a max 800 word response to a.waldorf@cgiar.org. It is easy to be intimidated by the Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes, let alone […]

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November 21, 2014

A Story of Coffee, Conservation and Livelihoods in the Pico Duarte Region of the Dominican Republic

Lee GrossEcoAgriculture Partners

The Pico Duarte Coffee Region and surrounding Madres de Las Aguas (Mother of Waters) Conservation Area are areas of critical ecological, economic, and social importance to the people of the Dominican Republic. During the 2000s, much attention was paid to the establishment of protected areas in this Caribbean island nation for the conservation of biodiversity […]

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November 19, 2014

Innovation in Family Farming for Food Security and Poverty Alleviation

Jakob SkoetFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Terri RaneyFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Sarah LowderFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

In recognition of the International Year of Family Farming, the recently published 2014 edition of FAO’s annual flagship publication The State of Food and Agriculture focuses on how to promote innovation among family farms to achieve sustainable food security and poverty alleviation. Family farms are key to ensuring long-term global food security. Defining & estimating smallholder […]

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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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