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December 19, 2014

Getting everyone to invest in integrated landscape initiatives

Gabrielle Kissinger Lexeme Consulting

In the Lake Naivasha, Kenya region, lake water levels reached an all-time low in 2009, stirring a crisis and motivating a range of stakeholders to take action. The stress on local ecosystem services was nothing new—water scarcity, deforestation, degraded pastures, and pollution from poor agricultural practices was increasingly apparent, due in part to the population [… ...
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December 15, 2014

Building Resilience Among the Most Vulnerable Populations

Eva Fillion EcoAgriculture Partners

Whether we like it or not, communities around the world are now in the position of being forced to adapt to the inevitable effects of a changing climate. Sure, reducing emissions and taking similar measures to slow human-driven sources of climate change are still at the forefront of research, but we must also face the […] ...
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November 25, 2014

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

Robert Mgendi United Nations Environment Programme Richard Munang United 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 a.waldorf@cgiar.org. Nearly 240 million people, or 1 in every 4 persons, in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lack adeq ...
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November 19, 2014

Innovation in Family Farming for Food Security and Poverty Alleviation

Sarah Lowder Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Terri Raney Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Jakob Skoet Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

In recognition of the International Year of Family Farming, the recently published 2014 edition of FAO’s annual flagship publication The State of Food and Agriculture focuses on how to promote innovation among family farms to achieve sustainable food security and poverty alleviation. Family farms are key to ensuring long-term global food security. Defining & estimating s ...
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November 14, 2014

Developing Resilient Farming Systems: A Case From Chitikhola, Nepal

Sandesh Timilsina Karnali Technical School

Basu Raj Kadariya, a progressive farmer from the Chitikhola village in the Tanahun district of Nepal, has faced many ups and downs in farming. Kadariya and other farmers once cultivated their lands to produce a handful of grains, limited to feeding their families for a few months out of the year. However, limited irrigation, poor […] ...
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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 c ...
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October 1, 2014

Practical Approaches to Integrating Community Based Adaptation in Local Planning in Northern Ghana

Nikolaj Boutrup Møller, ALP Ghana/CARE Denmark

Integrating community based adaptation activities into local- and district-level plans is considered one of the most effective ways to support vulnerable communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change. However, practical approaches for integration that reflect the realities and priorities of the communities on the ground have always been a challenge. Fighting food in ...
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September 13, 2014

Costa Rica Puts a Price Tag on Nature: Will it Work?

Editor’s note: The payments for ecosystem services (PES) strategy is a fairly controversial one: though it does provide strong incentive for sustainable practices, it also means monetizing natural features and linking the environment to an often unstable economy. Alvaro Umaña, Costa Rica’s first minister of environment and energy, gave the keynote address the 7th ...
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September 10, 2014

Spatial-Temporal Monitoring of Land Use Change in Brazil

Victor Coelho, Pernambuco Federal University/Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Changes in land use caused by human actions have generated major impacts on the landscape, including the substitution of natural areas for diverse uses and the fragmentation of forested areas. These impacts can be mitigated by land use and land cover monitoring, which uses spatial-temporal information to track changes occurring in the landscape. Currently, the […] ...
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July 14, 2014

Climate Change Adaptation and Prawn-Fish-Rice Agroecosystems

By Stuart Bunting, University of Essex and Nesar Ahmed, Bangladesh Agricultural University Prawn-fish-rice agroecosystems consist of farming freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) and selected fish species in rice fields. Wider spacing of rice plants in such integrated systems promotes primary production throughout the water column. Ecological functions performed by ric ...
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