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February 5, 2015

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

Jonatan A. Lassa Nanyang Technological University Yulius P. K. Suni Institute of Resource Governance and Social Change

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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January 13, 2015

Learning the Diversity of Landscapes and People’s Land Use in Tropical Island Society

Takuro Furusawa Kyoto University

On a cultivation site located on a small barrier island, I encountered and interviewed an older man who was making mounds for new tuber crops: Q: “When did you start using this land as a crop garden?” A: “Oh, a very long time ago. I can’t say exactly when.” Q: “What was here when you […] ...
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December 29, 2014

Key to climate adaptation in the Greater Mekong: Practical and participatory vulnerability assessments

Ornsaran Pomme Manuamorn The Greater Mekong Subregion Core Environment Program

How to make science inform policy and actions? This is probably one of the most common questions development organizations are grappling with. This question is particularly relevant for those of us working on climate change adaptation. To make a difference, global and regional climate projections must complement local knowledge to transform local actions. Promoting climate [&he ...
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December 23, 2014

Wrapping up Blog Month on Large-Scale Land Interventions

Eva Fillion EcoAgriculture Partners

The Landscapes for People Food and Nature Initiative Blog, International Center for Tropical Research (CIAT) and the Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) have been investigating the topic of large-scale land initiatives over the past month. Set against the backdrop of two topical sessions at the recent Global Lands ...
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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 adequate food. Record food p ...
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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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