April 11, 2015

Can we meet future global food demand without causing any further environmental damage?

Bárbara WillaartsTechnical University of Madrid Insa FlachsbarthTechnical University of Madrid Claudia RinglerInternational Food Policy Research Institute

One would wish to have a direct and simple answer to this big question: Yes we can!  But unfortunately there are no free lunches, and whatever strategy we will adopt to satisfy global food demand, food production will inevitably have adverse impacts on our environment. Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the Agriculture and Ecosystems […]

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April 10, 2015

How and where to restore tropical forest: a bird’s eye view

Leighton ReidMissouri Botanical Garden

Great Tinamous are surprisingly light-footed for being rather awkwardly shaped. They wander delicately on the rainforest floor and call to one another in haunting tones at dawn and dusk. When approached by people, they disappear nervously into the underbrush. This shy, sun-dappled lifestyle works well in endless forest, but it complicates the task of restoring […]

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April 4, 2015

Something to talk about: expanding the conversation on Climate-Smart Agriculture

Lucila FernandezEcoAgriculture Partners

This past March, Krista Heiner, a project manager at EcoAgriculture Partners, joined hundreds of scientists, policy makers, and practitioners in Montpellier, France, who all had one mission in mind: to identify ways to achieve agricultural development in the face of climate change. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) was the center of the conversation; the international community, under […]

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April 1, 2015

The Need for Biodiversity – Traditional Plant Use in Burkina Faso

Alexander ZizkaUniversity of Gothenburg Marco SchmidtGoethe University Frankfurt

The people living in the savanna belt of West Africa are currently facing profound social and landscape changes. Traditional lifestyles and agricultural practices, such as agroforestry with multipurpose trees or the semi-nomadic pastoralism of the Sahel, are challenged by the needs of a growing population, intensified agriculture and climate change. Despite positive aspects of and […]

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March 26, 2015

Indigenous Landscapes Provide Foods and Funds in Obalanga Subcounty, Uganda

Samuel OjelelMakerere University Esezah KakudidiMakerere University

The subsistence farming communities in Obalanga are reliant on their indigenous landscapes for a wide array of services. The communities benefit from provisionary services (e.g. food), regulative services (e.g. local climate moderation), supportive services (e.g. soil fertility) and cultural services (e.g. recreation) from these landscapes. These interactions are pertinent in terms of the adaptation and […]

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March 22, 2015

Celebrating past watershed project successes and looking toward the future

Marissa ShermanEcoAgriculture Partners

Water resource preservation and agricultural development are greatly interconnected. Both healthy communities and resilient livelihoods often hinge on proper water resource management. World Water Day 2015 is the perfect opportunity to shed some light on projects that the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative has been working on to restore and preserve watersheds. Restoring […]

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