Blog for People, Food and Nature

June 27, 2014

National Policy to Support Landscape Management in Africa

70% of poor people in sub-Saharan Africa live in rural areas, which forces nations in this region to place a heavy emphasis on rural policy. Policy goals include increased agricultural productivity and improved rural incomes, as well as prudent management of natural resources and climate resilience–necessary not only for the agricultural economy, but also for […] ...
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June 25, 2014

Financing Strategies for Integrated Landscape Investment: Innovative Successes from Africa

Elise Ursin EcoAgriculture Partners Seth Shames

Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) is increasingly becoming an important framework for addressing complex and interlinked agricultural and environmental issues and is garnering increased attention throughout Africa. It offers innovative strategies to promote agricultural production, improve rural livelihoods, and organize inter-sectoral planning. However, like so many other ...
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June 23, 2014

Landscape Capacity Building in Africa: How to Ensure Ownership, Equality and Change

Cora van Oosten Wageningen UR Louise Buck

Working from a landscape perspective means to be able to “see the bigger picture.” Besides having technical know-how, one needs to understand spatial processes, work in teams to make landscape decisions, balance the needs of many stakeholders, and be sensitive to local circumstances. Without a doubt, it is difficult to live up to these aspects […] ...
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June 20, 2014

Priorities for Research to Achieve Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa

Christine Negra Emerging Ag Inc.

In too many parts of Africa, a challenging combination of natural resource and labor constraints and limited access to agricultural inputs and technologies reinforces persistent yield gaps and rural poverty traps. Now more than ever, innovative research on sustainable agriculture is crucial to Africa’s well-being. In 2001-2008, public research and development (R&D) in sub ...
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June 18, 2014

Unlocking the Potential of Integrated Landscape Management for Business in Africa

Lee Gross EcoAgriculture Partners

With approximately 60% of the world’s remaining arable land, Africa is poised to achieve significant economic growth through agricultural development and other rural land uses.  It has been estimated that between 2008-2020, consumer products, natural resources, agriculture and infrastructure in Africa will combine for a potential revenue of $US 2.6 trillion – with agri ...
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June 16, 2014

Landscape Governance in Africa: Navigating Power Imbalances to Foster Cooperation

Constance Neely World Agroforestry Centre Raffaela Kozar Louise Buck

Editor’s note: This July, the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is hosting a conference to bring together leading minds from African government, research, civil society and the private sector in Nairobi. The goal? To generate an ambitious agenda to enhance and scale effective integrated landscape management in Africa. By sharing the best in […] ...
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September 6, 2013

First Focal Landscape Dialogue Held in Lari-Kijabe Landscape in Kenya

Rachel Friedman University of Queensland

In September, LPFN kicked off a series of on the ground capacity-building and knowledge-sharing workshops, known as Focal Landscape Dialogues, in the Lari-Kijabe landscape in Kenya. These dialogues, to be held at all five of the current focal landscapes over the remainder of 2013, are an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to share the ongoing activities and innovations [&he ...
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April 8, 2013

Money Does Grow on Trees: Why Sustainability is Good for Business

In an increasingly globalized environment, the impact that worldwide trends have on businesses has never been greater. Over the past decade, rising prices for land and energy  have cut into businesses’ bottom-line, making current business procedures unsustainable for the long term. It is only by marrying business savvy with sustainable production that business can maximize ...
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September 6, 2012

The Financing Landscape for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Discussions this week at the Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change are highlighting the importance of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts to be integrated into agricultural development strategies. As a consensus seems to be forming around the importance of this integration, attention will need to shift to the mechanisms by which [&helli ...
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