December 8, 2014

How can we manage ecosystem services for development outcomes? The case of the Cañete River Basin

Sarah JonesBioversity International Marcela QuinteroInternational Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Earlier this month, the CGIAR research program on Water, Land and Ecosystems published an Ecosystem Service and Resilience (ESR) Framework presenting an approach for using ecosystem service and resilience concepts to create multi-functional landscapes that sustain production, livelihoods, and human well-being. What does this mean for communities living in rural landscapes? The critical role of […]

Read the Whole Story
December 5, 2014

Can large-scale landscape restoration initiatives fulfill their promises: a resounding “YES” from northern Ethiopia

Kifle WoldearegayMekelle University Frank Van SteenbergenMeta Meta Lulseged TameneInternational Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

The arid to semi-arid environments of Ethiopia, particularly the Tigray region in northern part of the country, is a typical example which demonstrates that large-scale interventions can fulfill their promises in enhancing food security, ensuring environmental sustainability and creating landscapes resilient to climate and weather variability. Before the years 1994/1995, land degradation, low agricultural productivity, chronic […]

Read the Whole Story
December 3, 2014

Agriculture Can’t Fulfil its Commitment to Nutrition Without Much More Broadly Based Innovation

Michael LoevinsohnInstitute of Development Studies

One might be forgiven for thinking that agriculture—the ultimate source of our food—is at the centre of nutrition. Certainly, that’s how many who make their living in agriculture, understand it. That adequate, quality food underpins health, which makes it possible to produce or purchase adequate, quality food is as clear as the day is long. […]

Read the Whole Story
December 1, 2014

Transforming Lands, Transforming Lives: Hope for Millions Living on the Edge of Mighty Rivers in Bangladesh

AZM Nazmul Islam ChowdhuryPractical Action Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, the mighty rivers of the Ganges and Brahmaputra are both vital and threatening to nearby inhabitants. Monsoon rains cause the rivers to swell, often flooding villages and fields. However, during the other months, drought leaves crops, livestock and communities praying for water. Land is scarce, population density is high and poverty and food […]

Read the Whole Story
November 26, 2014

Analog Forestry: Creating Productive Landscapes by Imitating Forest Structure

Adam Kabir DickinsonInternational Analog Forestry Network

As we look toward the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum, one of the key challenges we are faced with is to find a way for agricultural landscapes to contribute to ecosystem integrity and safeguard biodiversity. If one were asked to come up with a defining question or challenge for contemporary landscape restoration, it might go something […]

Read the Whole Story
November 25, 2014

Making Large Land Initiatives in Africa Work: Policy Reforms that Support Ecosystem-Based Approaches

Richard MunangUnited Nations Environment Programme Robert MgendiUnited Nations Environment Programme

This post is part of an online discussion on large-scale land interventions that runs through December 14th. Can these initiatives fulfill their promises? Comment below or send a max 800 word response to Nearly 240 million people, or 1 in every 4 persons, in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lack adequate food. Record food prices and drought […]

Read the Whole Story