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February 15, 2012

Orphan Crops in Agricultural Landscapes

By Lloyd Timberlake Lloyd Timberlake is a freelance writer The “Green Revolution” never took off in Africa, for many, many reasons. One is that Africa contains so many different and varied agricultural ecosystems and in so many of these it is hard to grow the big international staples such as wheat, corn, rice, an…
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February 14, 2012

SAISPHERE on Agriculture

The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) has deemed this academic year the "Year of Agriculture," in recognition of the major challenges facing a growing global population and an increasingly resource-constrained planet. SAISPHERE, the annual flagship publication releas…
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February 13, 2012

Landscape of the Week: Zambezi Heartland, Zambia

A Recipe for Conservation Agriculture   By Jimmiel Mandima, Program Director of Policy African Wildlife Foundation, Washington, DC, USA Situated in the Middle Zambezi Valley, Siavonga District in southern Zambia now houses a population of approximately 72,000 subsistence farmers and fishers, many having been displace…
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February 9, 2012

Ecosystem Conservation is Critical for Global Food Security

John BuchananConservation International

Modern food systems have been very successful at producing vast amounts of food to feed our growing world. However, this has come at a high cost. Many waterways have become depleted or greatly polluted. An expansive amount of natural habitat has been lost or fragmented due to conversion to agriculture. And this loss an…
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February 8, 2012

The Year Ahead in Events

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is not only striving to develop a knowledge base through the Global Review process outlined on Monday, but it also aims to turn that knowledge into action and scale-up activities and policies already in place. One strategy for accomplishing this objective is to targ…
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February 7, 2012

How to Feed 9 Billion People in 2050

By Ibrahim Thiaw, Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya It is very likely that by 2050 the planet’s population will have passed 9 billion people. The question we are all asking is how to feed them when it is already a challenge with our cu…
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