Landscapes Blog

July 30, 2014

Landscapes as Sources of Traditional, Culturally-Acceptable and Nutritious Food

By Teresa Borelli and Danny Hunter, Bioversity International Good things often come in small packages. Reaching just 10-15 centimeters in length, mola (Amblypharyngodon mola), a small freshwater fish native to South Asia, is packed with vitamin A and plays a star role in the efforts of Bangladesh and World Fish to cut back malnutrition. Aquatic ecosystems abound in Banglade ...
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July 28, 2014

What Influences Farmers’ Land Management Practices to Combat Land Degradation?

By Taryn M. Kong, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona Livestock farmers’ land management practices affect the health and integrity of the landscape, and poor management—such as overgrazing—is often attributed as a cause of land degradation. However, to combat land degradation, policy-makers and scientists need to dig deeper to understand ...
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July 25, 2014

Eco-labels by Locale: Testing ‘Landscape Labels’ to Support Integrated Approaches to Development

Abigail Hart EcoAgriculture Partners

  Can markets help to support integrated landscape management? How can producers and entrepreneurs benefit from stewarding their landscape and its natural resources? These questions motivated EcoAgriculture Partners and local partner organizations to test a new approach to marketing called “landscape labeling” in two landscapes: Lari, Kenya and Mbeya, Tanzania. Their s ...
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July 23, 2014

Diving Deeply Into Integrated Landscape Management: The Case of Araucarias del Alto Malleco Model Forest in Chile

Abigail Hart EcoAgriculture Partners

English Español What does it actually mean to be a platform that supports integrated landscape management? After working day in and day out with landscape leaders striving to implement landscape approaches while conducting the Continental Review of Integrated Landscape Initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean, I found that I was still full of questions […] ...
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July 21, 2014

Bringing “Nutrition” Back to Agriculture and Food Security

By Margaret McEwan/International Potato Center, Danny Hunter/Bioversity International and Gordon Prain/International Potato Center The African Union declared 2014 to be The Year of Agriculture and Food Security. As researcher-practitioners passionate about agriculture-nutrition linkages and the contribution of agricultural biodiversity to nutrition outcomes, we find it interes ...
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July 18, 2014

Soil Restoration in Mexico’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve/Restauración de Suelos en la Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda, México

By/Por Esther Díaz Pérez English Español After centuries of farming practices in the rugged mountains of the Sierra Madre Oriental, the scars of deforestation are indelibly marked on the area known as Sierra Gorda. In the past, the steep slopes lost their protective forest cover and the soil was deeply eroded. Coupled with this, the soil’s […] ...
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July 16, 2014

Policy Dialogues for Integrated Landscape Management: The Kenya Experience

Krista Heiner EcoAgriculture Partners Seth Shames

Challenges with food security, poverty, climate change, ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss are highly interlinked. These interconnections are increasingly apparent in Kenya’s growing economy, where ecosystem degradation enhances food insecurity and poverty, and poverty and food insecurity exacerbate the pressure on scarce natural resources. Furthermore, many of these ...
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July 15, 2014

Pitching to the Dragons: Where Science Meets Policy and Communications

Abby Waldorf CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

How can scientists mobilize their knowledge for action? During the Science Communications for Policy Impact side event at the LPFN in Africa Conference in Nairobi, researchers came face-to-face with policy makers to learn how to make their voices heard. In the “Dragon’s Den,” they pitched their ideas about food security to the panel and braced for blunt ...
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July 14, 2014

Climate Change Adaptation and Prawn-Fish-Rice Agroecosystems

By Stuart Bunting, University of Essex and Nesar Ahmed, Bangladesh Agricultural University Prawn-fish-rice agroecosystems consist of farming freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) and selected fish species in rice fields. Wider spacing of rice plants in such integrated systems promotes primary production throughout the water column. Ecological functions performed by ric ...
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July 11, 2014

From a Central to Devolved Governing System in Kenya: Which Way for Natural Resources?

David Kuria KENVO

When Kenya enacted a new constitution in August 2010, the country ushered in a new and progressive order aimed at expressing the commitment of the Kenyan people to nurture and protect the well-being of all and recognizing the aspirations of better governance through enhanced equality, social justice, democracy, good governance and the protection of human rights […] ...
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