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September 29, 2015

Solar Energy in Egypt for Agriculture, Business and Social Development

Christine Arlt SEKEM Initiative

The ancient Egyptians developed the first means for using solar thermal energy by designing their buildings in architecturally appropriate ways. Today, thousands of years later, the conscious use of renewable energy is more important than ever. That’s why the Egyptian SEKEM Initiative has installed a number of solar panels on roofs, in fields, and even in […] ...
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September 22, 2015

Report on climate change resilience for service providers-Part 2

The science is clear—climate change is happening. How are farmers grappling with changes in local climate regimes, vegetative variability and soil quality? Editor’s Note: In August we posted the first part of an interview with researcher Rachel Schattman on her graduate work for the University of Vermont Center of Sustainable Agriculture. By conducting interviews wit ...
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September 17, 2015

New research finds lessons for policy action around Green Growth

Kedar Mankad

The new book Steps Toward Green presents research across six countries in East and Southeast Asia to provide guidance to national policy makers in how to make seemingly conflicting land use priorities mutually beneficial. Academics and civil society often refer to the ‘enabling environment’ needed to solve some of the seemingly intractable issues around agricultural [&helli ...
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September 12, 2015

Biogas for Cambodian Farmers reduces emissions and inputs of agrochemicals

Jakob Assmann Polarstern

A German company, a Dutch development organization, and the Cambodian government work with smallholder farmers to turn livestock waste into light and fuel. All around the world, both advocates and opponents of renewable energies are looking at Germany and its Energiewende, German for ‘energy transition.’ Since the late 1990s, the country has embarked on a […] ...
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September 10, 2015

Market Incentives for Eco-friendly SRI Rice Production in Cambodia

Caryl Levine Lotus Foods

A recent push to grow sustainable rice in Cambodia has benefited producers, communities and landscapes, as well as created demand at home and abroad for environmentally-friendly products. Editor’s Note: Across East and Southeast Asia, civil society, NGOs and agribusiness leaders have piloted integrated landscape management initiatives in key commodity markets. Below, the co- ...
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September 2, 2015

Sustainable Agriculture in China, Then and Now

Seth Cook IIED

The environmental impacts of China’s agricultural production affect not just China, but also the global environment. Editor’s note: In the last few decades, East and Southeast Asia used rapid agriculture expansion to grow national economies. This strategy initially paid off big, but overexploitation of key natural resources quickly threatened profitability, and caused ...
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September 1, 2015

In Vietnam, the landscape approach brings stakeholders together to address climate change

Abigail Hart EcoAgriculture Partners

In Vietnam, somewhere between the aspirations of farmers and the goals of the national government lies an opportunity to implement the landscape approach. Editor’s Note: In the last few months, EcoAgriculture Partners visited the Ha Tinh province of Vietnam to study strategies for climate change mitigation and resiliency based in agriculture. While there, project manager Abi ...
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