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November 7, 2014

Preserving Evolutionary History Alongside Tropical Agriculture

Daniel KarpUniversity of California, Berkeley The Nature Conservancy Luke Owen FrishkoffStanford University

How to feed an ever-growing human population while simultaneously preserving Earth’s biodiversity is a major global challenge. Accomplishing both of these goals requires that we understand the potential for agricultural landscapes to harbor biodiversity. In tropical Costa Rica, where we do the majority of our fieldwork, landscapes are extremely heterogeneous. Agriculture can take the form […]

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November 5, 2014

Sustainable Food and Agriculture Expert Urges Us to Stop Treating Soil Like Dirt

Editor’s note: Since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, humans have been inching further and further away from their connection to the farm and, more importantly, the soil. Increased yield, pest-resistant crops, and bigger machines have ignited concerns surrounding the protection of the land we cultivate. John Buchanan of Conservation International addresses the threat of an […]

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November 1, 2014

Taking a Look at a Landscape (Approach) Portrait of Africa

Editor’s note: In a recently published article in the journal World Development, researchers at the World Agroforestry Centre and EcoAgriculture Partners surveyed 87 integrated landscape initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa to answer questions like what motivates land managers to start ILIs, which stakeholders are most likely to be involved, and what are the most commonly achieved outcomes. The report is part of the larger Continental […]

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October 31, 2014

Lessons Learned from the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation

Eva FillionEcoAgriculture Partners

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature initiative tends to focus primarily on projects taking place in developing countries, but it is important to remember that creating a healthy and resilient food system requires challenging efforts and innovation in the global North as well. Last week’s National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation was the perfect […]

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October 29, 2014

Agriculture and Climate Change: The State of Ecosystems and Human Systems in the Tropics

Sarina KatzEcoAgriculture Partners

Biodiversity and food insecurity in the tropics The 3rd International Conference on Biodiversity and the UN Millennium Development Goals (entitled Biodiversity and Food Security – From Trade-offs to Synergies) is currently underway in France. The conference serves as a platform to discuss the loss of biodiversity at all levels and food security challenges caused by […]

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October 27, 2014

5 Not-so-tidy Steps to Feed the World

Eva FillionEcoAgriculture Partners

A roadmap for feeding the world On October 22nd National Geographic and the FAO co-hosted the 2014 World Food Day discussion Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. The event, which took place at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC, brought together global leaders from the food and agriculture sectors to discuss the state […]

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