Blog for People, Food and Nature

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 22, 2015

Six individual competencies for working with multi-stakeholder partnerships

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

Good multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) don’t just happen. As discussed in our previous blog, multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) need to be carefully designed and facilitated. People working with MSPs in landscapes are brokering, convening, and moderating communication, meetings, and joint action – all of which can be part of MSP facilitation. Some come to this role ...
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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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December 11, 2015

Securing Dignity, Sustaining Nature, Part 2

Gaurav Madan Rights and Resources Initiative

While receiving community titles has kindled a cautious feeling of security among villagers, the politics surrounding protected areas continues to be precarious. Editor’s Note: Read the first part of this series, ‘Securing Dignity, Sustaining Nature’, here It is estimated that communities live in more than two-thirds of India’s protected areas. Since their l ...
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December 10, 2015

Securing Dignity, Sustaining Nature, Part 1

Gaurav Madan Rights and Resources Initiative

In the Simlipal Tiger Reserve in India, everyday life and culture are deeply intertwined with the surrounding environment, which is reflected in local knowledge of the area’s vegetation and biodiversity. My several-hour journey into the heart of the Simlipal Tiger Reserve in Odisha began in Jashipur, a small but bustling town on the edge of […] ...
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November 27, 2015

Balancing multiple SDG-related outcomes of riparian buffers in the Volta Basin

Sylvia Wood Bioversity International Sarah Jones

In the Volta Basin of West Africa, rivers represent the life-blood of cultivation in the semi-arid north and are the key to hydropower generation in the south. Today, agricultural runoff, land use change and construction of major hydroelectric dams in the Volta Basin are degrading these life-supporting rivers. Mapping opportunities for conservation and Sustainable Develop ...
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