Blog for People, Food and Nature

February 2, 2012

Time for a New Paradigm

By Dr. Emile Frison, Director General Bioversity International, Rome, Italy In recent years, evidence has been accumulating about the need for change in agriculture. The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development report, the 2010 report to the UN by the Special Rapporteu…
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February 1, 2012

Taking a Landscapes Approach

[caption id="attachment_264" align="alignleft" width="281" caption="Trees transform degraded land in Cameroon and Tanzania"][/caption] By Dr. Tony Simons, Director General World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya The answer to the question “what is a landscape?” differs tremendously depending on the respondent. To…
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January 31, 2012

Collaborating for Landscapes

By: Mr. Kazuhiko Takemoto, Senior Fellow and Program Director United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative, Yokohama, Japan The recent birth of the world’s seven billionth person in October 2011 was just the latest in a series of wake-up calls to the g…
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January 30, 2012

Landscapes for People, Food and Nature: Introducing our Blog

By Dr. Sara J. Scherr, President EcoAgriculture Partners, Washington, DC, USA I worked for 25 years as an agricultural economist in tropical rainforests and hillsides, studying sustainable agricultural development in what were then called “marginal lands” for farming. I was answering questions like: “can farmin…
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