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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

Nearly 240 million people, or 1 in every 4 persons, in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lack adequate food. Record food prices and drought are pushing more people into hunger and poverty. In the face of this, we must ask, how can we build a food secure Africa? In resolving the perennial food security challenge in Africa, […] ...
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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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June 5, 2014

Climate Change: What's at stake for Smallholder Farmers?

From June 4-15, the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings are taking place in Bonn, Germany to address the ongoing climate change crisis. While these negotiations will focus on governments and international treaties, Dr. Celia Harvey of Conservation International reminds us that smallholder farmers are perhaps the most vital stakeholders for addressing climate c ...
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June 5, 2014

Life Isn't Always Easy in the Islands: A Closer Look at World Environment Day

By Eva Fillion, EcoAgriculture Partners You can tell that World Environment Day is taken seriously when it is celebrated for an entire week. This year’s theme, Raise Your Voice, Not The Sea Level, is focused on the adaptations and resilience of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to the effects of climate change. The week-long celebration […] ...
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