February 25, 2015

Changing the face of agriculture

Lauren PonisioUniversity of California, Berkeley Kevi MaceUniversity of California, Berkeley

Agricultural landscapes in the United States, from the Central Valley of California to the Corn Belt of the Midwest, are largely similar in that the lands encompass expanses of single crops. Whether it is almonds or grapes or tomatoes or a fallow field, the one thing they have in common is their imposing homogeneity. This […]

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February 18, 2015

Winter forage and other ways crop-livestock integration improves resilience

Alan FranzluebbersUSDA – Agricultural Research Service

On a bright sunny day in late March, Steven Knapp walks his cropland fields inspecting the lush growth of rye cover crop that has become an oasis of winter forage for his cattle. Across the road, a neighbor drives by another field – likely in astonishment that the previous night’s rain has washed away so […]

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February 16, 2015

Livelihood outcomes of payment for ecosystem services in Ecuadorian highland Andean grasslands

Leah BremerNatural Capital Project University of Hawai’i, Mānoa Kathleen A. FarleySan Diego State University

In Latin America and around the world, payment for ecosystem services (PES) programs represents a growing approach to conservation. In many cases, these programs aim to tackle social and environmental goals at the same time through, for example, improving the livelihoods of farmers while also encouraging more sustainable land-use practices. Ecuador’s SocioBosque program, a national-scale […]

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February 9, 2015

The Challenge of Agroforestry Systems in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Jacques Famili Sumbu

The Ituri Forest landscape, located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of Central Africa’s most biologically diverse regions and is particularly rich in bird species and mammals. The forest supports the largest remaining population of the Congo’s endemic rainforest giraffe and okapi, as well as large populations of elephants, owl-faced monkeys, […]

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February 5, 2015

Linking Food Security, Climate Adaptation and Carbon Management: A Case Study from Indonesia

Yulius P. K. SuniInstitute of Resource Governance and Social Change Jonatan A. LassaNanyang Technological University

Farmers in North Central Timor face local environmental degradation such as soil erosion, water stress, recurrent droughts and erratic climate. These environmental problems are likely to be more intensive and extensive in the context of Timor Island. Failure to address these environmental problems will leave this vulnerable region less resilient in the face of future […]

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February 5, 2015

Business Thinking about the Landscape Approach

Marissa ShermanEcoAgriculture Partners

Now more than ever, public-private partnerships are seen as essential to address critical risks related to deforestation, climate change, water scarcity, and poverty and to driving sustainable economic development. In looking at landscape initiatives around the globe, businesses, both big and small, are important stakeholders of rural landscapes contributing to and dependent on healthy ecosystems. Yet business participation […]

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