October 15, 2014

Addressing Gender Inequality in Climate Change Programs and Policies

Sarina KatzEcoAgriculture Partners

The United Nations’ groundbreaking Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were signed by all 189 member states at the turn of the century in 2000 with eight goals aimed at reducing global poverty and its related consequences by the year 2015. In addition to income and hunger, the goals are tied to health, education, gender inequalities, and […]

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October 13, 2014

Tanzanian Villagers Take Land Use Planning Into Their Own Hands

Margie MillerEcoAgriculture Partners

Tenure security and food security in Tanzania At this week’s 41st meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization Committee on World Food Security, land tenure is sure to be an important topic. Villagers in Southern Tanzania also have this topic on their mind, as their communities are eyed with interest by the Southern Agricultural Growth […]

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October 10, 2014

The Fall and Rise Again of Plantations in Tropical Asia: What it Means for Agricultural Landscapes

Derek Byerlee, Visiting Scholar, Stanford University

Investment in large farms goes against historical trends In 2008, I co-directed the World Development Report on Agriculture for Development, which strongly argued for a development strategy based on small and medium sized family farms—smallholders for short. Since then, I have been following the surge in investor interest in large farms and plantations. Although much […]

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October 8, 2014

Hope for Human-Altered Landscapes in Southern Bangladesh

Md. Abdullah Al Mamun, REEP Green Solutions

Flood control measures do more harm than good for local fishers Bangladesh is a watershed-based country with dynamic ecosystems—including floodplains and wetlands—that are experiencing biodiversity losses and degradation. Since the 1970s, the government of Bangladesh has encouraged the draining of wetlands and established embankments to protect farmlands and houses from devastating floods. This crop-focused development […]

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October 6, 2014

The True Tradeoff: Continually Rising Human Populations or Healthy Biodiversity and Ecosystems

J. Hal Michael Jr.Sustainable Fisheries Foundation

Tension between human population growth and natural resources is not sustainable Sustainability in the long term requires explicitly dealing with the conflict between a growing human population and natural resources. I have encountered this throughout my 34-year career in cold water fish research, natural resource management, ecosystem assessment, habitat restoration, and aquaculture. Throughout these years, […]

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October 4, 2014

Climate Change Adaptation: It’s Not all Doom and Gloom

Editor’s note: The U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) recently released a report that takes a refreshingly optimistic look at climate change adaptation in Africa. Whereas adaptation is often viewed as a last-ditch effort to combat climate-driven changes in the landscape, this new report highlights its potential to support new business endeavors and as a way to build community resilience. Richard Munang, UNEP’s […]

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