Blog for People, Food and Nature

May 22, 2018

Trees for more food, improved livelihoods and a better planet

Roger Leakey

A new paper in Food Security from International Tree Foundation Vice Chairman Roger Leakey seeks to draw together some lessons from the last 25 years of his career working in agroforestry. A breathing space yet to be filled Unfortunately, large-scale rural development projects using trees to provide a wide array of services and products have not been accepted by […] ...
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May 17, 2018

Vibrant Cities Lab: Urban Forestry at Your Fingertips

Jad Daley American Forests

In the beginning, it was about the trees. 18th century urban growth in Europe had already begun to encompass nearby forests – Epping [London], Grunewald [Berlin], Fontainebleau [Paris]. In the US, Thomas Jefferson, disheartened by rampant cutting of trees in the swamplands of the new capital, confided to a friend that he wished he could […] ...
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March 6, 2018

Weathering Change: Women Farm Cocoa, Too

Rachel Friedman University of Queensland

You have probably read an article or two (or more) about how climate change is going to be the end of chocolate. Compounded by potential losses of our other favorite indulgences – coffee and wine – this is nothing short of tragic. But what these articles don’t really discuss is what happens to the farmers who […] ...
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December 20, 2017

IUCN Netherlands and EcoAgriculture Partners debut the Landscape Investment and Finance Toolkit (LIFT)

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

Toolkit uses participatory process designed to help landscapes connect their plans to achieve the SDGs with the finance and investment they need. Finance plays a critical role in implementing the diverse investments required for a sustainable landscape. There has been a considerable uptick in analysis, programs and investors designed to support sustainable land management. How ...
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July 13, 2017

Finding shared solutions at the landscape level: the landscape approach provides a platform for all stakeholders

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

The landscape is the level on which our current and future global challenges converge. In pre-industrial, primitive or traditional landscapes, the use and conservation of available natural resources appears to have been balanced, most likely due to lower population densities, a deeper sense of community within human settlements and a locally based food production system. [&hell ...
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April 22, 2017

On Earth Day and every day, Science Matters for sustainable landscapes

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

Science is a pillar of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative because the partners know that without it, we cannot achieve our common mission: to create and sustain integrated agricultural landscapes worldwide. Science can drive good decision-making and form the backbone of good management: through repeated observation we determine what works and what doesn&# ...
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March 29, 2017

Tree-planting Startup Shows 4 Steps to Raising Capital for Restoration

Florence Landsberg World Resources Institute Sofia Faruqi

Amsterdam-based Land Life Company had an innovative idea: a patented technology that enables trees to grow in arid and degraded land. The three-year-old start-up recently raised $2.6 million to expand operations. Other restoration players can do the same, using a four-step plan created with input from investors and restoration companies by the New Restoration Economy […] ...
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March 27, 2017

Douglas McGuire: Forum will build links between investors and sustainable landscapes

The Editors EcoAgriculture Partners

It seems like every week we hear about another major commitment to restore degraded forests and landscapes, and pledges of millions, even billions of dollars to do so. For example, the government of Norway in January pledged $400 million for restoration, intended to catalyze a further $1.6 billion in private investment. At least $1.5 billion has […] ...
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March 20, 2017

The impacts of climate change on agricultural workers

Julie Potyraj Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University

A thriving agriculture sector is necessary for food production. But a healthy agricultural workforce is just as important. By 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow from its current 7.37 billion to 9.7 billion. With almost 2.5 billion more mouths to feed, global food demand will also inevitably increase. In fact, between 2005 and […] ...
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December 25, 2016

Saving two birds with one stone

This post originally appeared on the Thrive blog and we are re-publishing it here as one of the best posts of 2016 from LPFN partners. Bees, wasps, and hornets don’t always get along with humans. Their stings are extremely painful and kill about 58 people per year.  But as we pointed out in our Thrive Blog Big Question: […] ...
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