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April 1, 2015

The Need for Biodiversity – Traditional Plant Use in Burkina Faso

Marco Schmidt Goethe University Frankfurt Alexander Zizka University of Gothenburg

The people living in the savanna belt of West Africa are currently facing profound social and landscape changes. Traditional lifestyles and agricultural practices, such as agroforestry with multipurpose trees or the semi-nomadic pastoralism of the Sahel, are challenged by the needs of a growing population, intensified agriculture and climate change. Despite positive aspects of ...
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March 26, 2015

Indigenous Landscapes Provide Foods and Funds in Obalanga Subcounty, Uganda

Esezah Kakudidi Makerere University Samuel Ojelel Makerere University

The subsistence farming communities in Obalanga are reliant on their indigenous landscapes for a wide array of services. The communities benefit from provisionary services (e.g. food), regulative services (e.g. local climate moderation), supportive services (e.g. soil fertility) and cultural services (e.g. recreation) from these landscapes. These interactions are pertinent in t ...
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February 9, 2015

The Challenge of Agroforestry Systems in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Jacques Famili Sumbu

The Ituri Forest landscape, located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of Central Africa’s most biologically diverse regions and is particularly rich in bird species and mammals. The forest supports the largest remaining population of the Congo’s endemic rainforest giraffe and okapi, as well as large populations of elephants, owl-faced monkeys, […] ...
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February 2, 2015

Traditional Markets are an Important Part of Nutrition-sensitive Landscapes in Morocco

Abderrahim Ouarghidi Global Diversity Foundation Bronwen Powell Center for International Forestry Research

Winter has arrived here in Morocco. From December to March, there is a lot of rain (more than the rest of the year) – and widespread availability of wild vegetables. Although wild foods, especially wild vegetables, have held an important place in Moroccan culinary practice for generations, up until recently, they have been largely overlooked […] ...
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January 8, 2015

Fostering participation in East African carbon projects

Eva Fillion EcoAgriculture Partners

Authors from EcoAgriculture Partners, ECOTRUST and ENR Africa Associates have just launched a training manual aimed at farmer groups, extension staff and project managers who are implementing agricultural carbon projects in East Africa. Carbon projects are initiatives designed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions or sequester those already in the atmosphere, such as through pla ...
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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 f ...
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November 24, 2014

Global Landscape Restoration: The Art of the “Do-able”

Peter Besseau The Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration

This post is part of an online discussion on large-scale land interventions that runs through December 24th. Can these initiatives fulfill their promises? Comment below or send a max 800 word response to a.waldorf@cgiar.org. It is easy to be intimidated by the Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes, ...
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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 27, 2014

The Time is Now: Take Action on Climate Change in Africa

Editor’s note: The release of the African Landscapes Action Plan strategically coincides with the United Nations Climate Summit currently underway in New York City, as well as the launch of the Global Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance. The Agroforestry World Blog takes note of this timing, noting that the success of these meetings comes from swift, translatable [… ...
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