Landscapes Blog

May 11, 2016

Agriculture or Forest? Studying Tree Cultivation in West Java, Indonesia

Syed Ajijur RahmanUniversity of Copenhagen, Bangor University, and CIFOR

Small-scale farmers in Indonesia boast a number of agroforestry systems that integrate biophysical and socio-economic functions. In Gunung Salak Valley, West Java, farmers have a range of agroforestry practices that can be classified into five systems: home gardens, fruit tree systems, timber tree systems, mixed fruit…
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May 5, 2016

Protecting Gambella’s hidden treasures requires multi-stakeholder involvement, Part 2

Toon de BruynWageningen UR, Centre for Development InnovationDaniel Wiegant CrespoHorn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and NetworkMinu HemmatiCatalySDHerman BrouwerWageningen UR, Centre for Development Innovation

With cultures, biodiversity and enterprises that cross political boundaries, multi-stakeholder collaboration is critical to integrated and sustainable development in the Gambella of Ethiopia. Historically, the Gambella landscape, like other parts of the continent, has been characterised by a low level of coordination …
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May 3, 2016

Protecting Gambella’s hidden treasures requires multi-stakeholder involvement, Part 1

Toon de BruynWageningen UR, Centre for Development InnovationDaniel Wiegant CrespoHorn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and NetworkMinu HemmatiCatalySDHerman BrouwerWageningen UR, Centre for Development Innovation

The Gambella region in western Ethiopia offers a culturally and ecologically unique landscape, which shares much of its characteristics with neighbouring South Sudan. Largely unknown, it is one of the best-preserved, and relatively inaccessible, regions of Ethiopia. The swampy area and limited infrastructure make it …
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April 26, 2016

A globally significant opportunity in tropical conservation and sustainable livelihoods

Dr. Clare TaylorKimberly to Cape Initiative

The Kimberley to Cape Initiative encompasses a quarter of a billion hectares of arguably the largest ecologically intact area of tropical savannas, rivers and shallow seas in the world. From Broome in the Kimberley, to Cairns at the edge of the Cape York Peninsula, the region spans 3,000 km over three jurisdictions an…
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April 21, 2016

Harnessing the power of crop wild relatives for pulse improvement

Nik TyackCWR Diversity

Pulses, annual leguminous crops that include lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas, have nutritious value as a low-fat source of protein and fiber. They help to increase soil fertility by virtue of their nitrogen-fixing properties, and generally have a lower water footprint compared to most other protein sources. As v…
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April 18, 2016

Women in agriculture and food security programming: Promoting more meaningful change

Bryan Crawford-GarrettOxu Solutions

Women make up approximately half of the world’s farmers, but there is massive inequity between male and female farmers—especially in the developing world. These inequities are most pronounced in terms of women lacking equal access to and control over productive resources. To address this ‘gender gap’ in agricu…
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