Blog for People, Food and Nature

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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August 4, 2016

Shared value in supply chains as a step toward landscape management

Catherine Rothacker EcoAgriculture Partners

Achieving rural development, sustainable agriculture, and environmental conservation goals through integrated landscape management is a complex, long-term investment for stakeholders—how can the private sector, government, and civil society take steps to make this transformational approach a reality and provide benefits to stakeholders in the near term? A collaboration among ...
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July 20, 2016

Mato Grosso links agribusiness supply chains to landscapes through jurisdictional sustainability

Catherine Rothacker EcoAgriculture Partners

Mato Grosso, the agricultural giant Brazilian state, has traded in a race to the bottom for a leading role testing and implementing a jurisdictional sustainability governance model. This article is the first in a series of stories about landscape partnerships that effectively include private sector actors that were showcased at the Business for Sustainable Landscapes Work ...
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May 11, 2016

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

Syed Ajijur Rahman University 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-timber systems, and cropping in the forest understory. Altho ...
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April 21, 2016

Harnessing the power of crop wild relatives for pulse improvement

Nik Tyack CWR 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 valuable as current pulse varieties are, however, […] ...
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April 18, 2016

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

Bryan Crawford-Garrett Oxu 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 agriculture, there are numerous NGOs, multilateral agencies, and [& ...
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April 13, 2016

Assessing cost effectiveness of restoration outcomes

Harold Levrel Agro ParisTech University Pierre Scemama

Context-based valuations of ecosystem services offer decision makers practical information on how to face specific environmental issues. Following major international initiatives such as the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Initiative (TEEB) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (IPBE ...
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March 2, 2016

Drawing the line on the landscape approach and climate-smart landscapes

Koen Kusters Tropenbos International

There is no consensus about the practical implications of the concepts “climate-smart landscapes” and the “landscape approach.” Global challenges of poverty, food security, environmental degradation, and climate change are in the limelight. Recent high-level conferences—the Global Landscapes Forum, the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, the United Nations ...
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January 28, 2016

Digital tablets: palliative care for survey ailments

Alex Smajgl Mekong Regional Futures Institute John Ward

There are a number of common pains and ailments experienced by practitioners conducting livelihood surveys, particularly in remote communities. Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on the Thrive Blog. It is cross-posted here with permission. Unplanned delays in questionnaire design and piloting, variations in interviewing techniques and enumerator behaviours, re ...
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December 16, 2015

Seven principles for effective and healthy multi-stakeholder partnerships

Jim Woodhill Herman Brouwer Wageningen UR, Centre for Development Innovation Minu Hemmati

Today, there is no policy maker, business representative, or civil society director who will come to a sustainability conference without calling for more stakeholder engagement. There is also growing consensus among academics that any solution towards sustainable development requires partnerships. Likewise, landscape academics point out that landscape approaches are likely to ...
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