October 29, 2014

Agriculture and Climate Change: The State of Ecosystems and Human Systems in the Tropics

Sarina KatzEcoAgriculture Partners

Biodiversity and food insecurity in the tropics The 3rd International Conference on Biodiversity and the UN Millennium Development Goals (entitled Biodiversity and Food Security – From Trade-offs to Synergies) is currently underway in France. The conference serves as a platform to discuss the loss of biodiversity at all levels and food security challenges caused by […]

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October 27, 2014

5 Not-so-tidy Steps to Feed the World

Eva FillionEcoAgriculture Partners

A roadmap for feeding the world On October 22nd National Geographic and the FAO co-hosted the 2014 World Food Day discussion Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. The event, which took place at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC, brought together global leaders from the food and agriculture sectors to discuss the state […]

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October 24, 2014

Yarsagumba Over-Harvesting and the Resource Curse in Nepal

Anju AirNorwegian University of Science and Technology

The tragedy of the (fungal) commons Commons are always being overexploited to maximize individual benefit, which also leads to local extinctions of species in some areas. The yarsagumba (or “summer plant, winter insect” Ophiocordyceps sinensis), an endemic species to the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau, faces this very fate. This unusual and much sought after species starts as […]

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October 22, 2014

The Demise of Bio-Cultural Landscapes in Guinea-Bissau

Marina TemudoAfrican Studies Centre (Oxford University) Tropical Research Institute (IICT)

Shifting cultivation has been considered a major cause of deforestation and forest degradation many times over by both by scholars and conservation agents. Thus, the adoption of permanent agriculture is advocated as an environmentally friendly alternative, allegedly because it will allow the intensification of land use and the set-aside and protection of forest reserves. The […]

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October 18, 2014

Landscape Democracy: Inconsistent or Lacking Altogether?

Editor’s note: Democracy in landscape policy and planning appears to be lacking. It is imperative to understand the roles and values of those cultivating the land when deciding the future of agriculture in a particular region. However, as Andrew Butler argues in this post that originally appeared on AgriCultures Network, in today’s dialogue there is an inconsistency […]

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October 16, 2014

Growing Food and Biodiversity

Sam QuinnThe Farm at Sunnyside

Food production and biological conservation may often appear to be at odds, but both share poignant similarities. Farming today faces its own diversity crisis—mirroring precipitous declines in biological diversity, fewer and fewer crops account for an ever-growing proportion of our diet. Thanks to this growing understanding of the inseparable link between wild species and farming, […]

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