October 22, 2015

Forests and humans, history of a renewed harmony

Olivier RousselleAgro Paris Tech University

This is a story that takes place in the French Alps and highlights the ties that have woven forests and humans for a century, along with the many services provided by forests. One century ago, in a desolate landscape... After the French Revolution, farming and industrialization led to massive deforestation in mountai…
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October 13, 2015

Calling all land managers, share your Sustainable Stories!

With the SDGs now decided, the world is begging the question: How can we create truly sustainable societies? The SDGs look at the root causes of poverty, hunger and injustice to create healthier and more secure livelihoods and environments for  people around the world. The vision for a world relieved of these issues …
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October 8, 2015

Is the French call for action on soil and climate a promising game changer?

Wanqing ZhouWorldwatch Institute

Editor's Note: The following was originally published on the Worldwatch Institute blog on October 7th, 2015. It is reposted here with permission of the author.   We’re often told that agriculture is a “victim” of climate change and needs to adapt. But farmers, ranchers, and researchers increasingly recognize…
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October 6, 2015

The sleeping giant of the research-policy-action chain of development

Amanda GrossiSchool of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

As 2015 comes to its conclusion, the world is engaged in a battle for sustainability, but what political headway is being made in the field? Editor’s Note: Steps Toward Green, recently published by EcoAgriculture Partners and the World Bank, discussed pathways for improving agri-environmental policy in East and S…
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October 1, 2015

In City Farming, supporters ask the wrong question of a great solution

Anne PalmerCenter for a Livable Future, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Every so often, I read a headline highlighting a study that proposes to prove cities are able to grow significant amounts of food. These studies claim that urban farming can provide for the food needs of an entire city. For you urban dwellers, spend a day or two writing down everything you eat and then look at the lan…
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September 29, 2015

Solar Energy in Egypt for Agriculture, Business and Social Development

Bijan KafiSEKEM Initiative

The ancient Egyptians developed the first means for using solar thermal energy by designing their buildings in architecturally appropriate ways. Today, thousands of years later, the conscious use of renewable energy is more important than ever. That’s why the Egyptian SEKEM Initiative has installed a number of sol…
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