Blog for People, Food and Nature

September 30, 2013

Sows and Soil: Building a Sustainable and Profitable Farm

By Harry Stoddart, Stoddart Family Farm, Ontario, Canada

The System of Rice Intensification drew last week to a close, but we continue discussing the challenges and means by which to increase productivity of land while balancing ecological and social needs. Today, Harry Stoddart articulates the approach and underlying mentality he has cultivated over the years, moving from industrial farming to a more holistic […] ...
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September 27, 2013

What Does ‘Intensification’ of Agricultural Production Look Like at Landscape Scale?

By Norman Uphoff, SRI-Rice, Cornell University Wednesday’s post from Professor Joern Fischer provided some background on agricultural intensification, benefits and pitfalls, and a movement toward “sustainability.” In particular, he noted how landscape scale adds complexity to intensifying practices, but also helps build resilience. Professor Norman Uphoff provides a concr ...
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September 25, 2013

From Farm to Landscape: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Intensification

Joern Fischer Leuphana University Lueneburg

  Editor’s Note: Today’s guest author kicks off this month’s Landscapes Roundtable series with a discussion of key considerations on the topic of sustainable intensification.  Intensification, and especially “sustainable intensification,” is now frequently being hailed as a potential solution to simultaneously address concerns about environmental protection ...
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September 23, 2013

Intensifying Production: Reaping Multiple Benefits On and Beyond the Farm

Theoretical model of sustainable intensification With a growing population, and increasingly dwindling natural resources and degrading ecosystems, there is increasing attention devoted to producing adequate and nutritious food while simultaneously maintaining environmental integrity. Often referred to as sustainable intensification, this notion that both productivity and long-t ...
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September 20, 2013

The Namibian Coast: A Land of Fish, Fowl, and Following the Rules

Rod Braby, project coordinator for the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management Project (NACOMA), answers a few questions about how his organization safeguards biodiversity through integrated management. The work of NACOMA will be highlighted today at Supporting Drylands through Integrated Management: The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative in Windhoek, Namibia ...
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September 18, 2013

Enhancing Resilience in the Cattle Corridor of Uganda

Rachel Friedman

As the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) meets this week, the Landscapes Blog continues to turn its attention to integrated landscape management and activities. Resilience is a particularly critical topic in the drylands, where more variable climate and the increased frequency and intensity of drought events makes planning for stresses and uncertainty necessary. I ...
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September 16, 2013

Reviewing Integrated Landscapes in Africa: Lessons for Drylands

Jeffrey C. Milder Rainforest Alliance Abigail Hart

Over the past months, this blog has featured many inspiring “success stories” of integrated landscape initiatives from around the world. But are these just a series of interesting anecdotes—each stemming from its own unique context—or can we begin to derive some generalized principles that might help inform practices and policies for future landscape initiatives in [&he ...
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September 13, 2013

Drawing, Role-Playing, and 3D Maps

The Landscapes Blog often explores research and technical experience on integrated landscapes, but sometimes accounting for different components and interactions within a landscapes really requires some visualization and participation by community stakeholders. A recent blog post shared a story of using role-playing games in conservation and development planning in Laos. This ...
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September 11, 2013

Please Tell Lorna …

By John Blewitt, co-director of MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Aston University, Birmingham  Blewitt argues that there is a growing recognition that more localized food production is crucially important for personal health, social well-being, and ultimately resilience to change. He provides insight into how small scale projects can have wide implications for sup ...
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September 9, 2013

AGree on Collaborative Watershed and Landscape Management

Last Friday the 13th World Water Week came to a close, having brought experts together to explore cooperation and partnership in issues related to water. A recent report on watershed management in the United States emphasized this same theme of collaborative management and partnerships, and drawing our focus on water to a close. Multi-stakeholder engagement […] ...
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