Landscapes Blog

February 21, 2017

For all of us – the Yewol Mountains of Ethiopia

Joanna Kane-Potaka ICRISAT

In the highlands of northern Ethiopia, farming families often live a very basic subsistence lifestyle. In the drought years, which are common, food and water is scarce. Severe soil erosion plagues the Yewol watershed highlands and there are extreme dry periods each year. There was little water management in the past and so water is […] ...
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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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May 5, 2016

Protecting Gambella’s hidden treasures requires multi-stakeholder involvement, Part 2

Daniel Wiegant Crespo Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network Toon de Bruyn Herman Brouwer Minu Hemmati

With cultures, biodiversity and enterprises that cross political boundaries, multi-stakeholder collaboration is critical to integrated and sustainable development in the Gambella of Ethiopia. Historically, the Gambella landscape, like other parts of the continent, has been characterised by a low level of coordination between different actors and sectors. Development planning di ...
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May 3, 2016

Protecting Gambella’s hidden treasures requires multi-stakeholder involvement, Part 1

Daniel Wiegant Crespo Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network Toon de Bruyn Herman Brouwer Minu Hemmati

The Gambella region in western Ethiopia offers a culturally and ecologically unique landscape, which shares much of its characteristics with neighbouring South Sudan. Largely unknown, it is one of the best-preserved, and relatively inaccessible, regions of Ethiopia. The swampy area and limited infrastructure make it ideal for impressive transboundary mammal migrations between ...
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March 5, 2016

Farmers film their homegrown solutions

Katherine Snyder International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Juliet Braslow

In an unused school classroom in the dry, dusty village of Sekoti, Ghana, 11 community members gathered to learn how to make a video. Many of them had never even used a camera before, much less operated a microphone. Participatory video is an empowering and creative process that allows those who understand their local issues best […] ...
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February 10, 2016

In Burundi, seeing the writing in the hillsides means working with farmers

Sara Delaney, Episcopal Relief & Development Leonidas Niyongabo, Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi Community Development Program

In Burundi, a large community of farmers represents a pool of knowledge that is constantly growing. Research institutions explore different approaches to tapping into this knowledge base and linking their work with observational data from farmers. Farmers in Burundi have a high stake in the viability of seasonal harvests, as they depend on the harvest to […] ...
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February 9, 2016

A Big Network in a Small Country – cooperation between research, church and farmers in Burundi

Sara Delaney, Episcopal Relief & Development Leonidas Niyongabo, Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi Community Development Program

Wedged between the hills and valleys of Rwanda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the great Lake Tanganyika, is the small country of Burundi. The density of people in this East African nation is a close second in Africa only to Rwanda, its neighboring country. While its size can be a challenge, it can […] ...
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January 18, 2016

Trendy and sustainable, quinoa and chia research in Egypt

Christine Arlt SEKEM Initiative

Chia and quinoa seem to be predestined for Egypt. Chia and quinoa are dry and salt-tolerant crops. Both of them have a great potential to improve food security in regions that do not have enough water resources. “In march 2015 I visited the SEKEM Initiative Farm for the first time and gained awareness of the huge challenges […] ...
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January 7, 2016

The Cameroon Pilot: Model Forests as a Vehicle of Sustainable Development in Africa

Mariteuw Chimère Diaw African Model Forest Network

Having multiple goals for a Sustainable World means our management plans must generate multiple outcomes. Looking across the multiple Sustainable Development Goals and their targets, it is clear that many of the objectives outlined by the Post-Development Agenda are connected to each other. For example, you cannot effectively eradicate extreme poverty without improving access t ...
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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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