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January 2, 2015

Understanding the relationship between Forests and Agriculture: the need for a landscape approach

Richard McNally SNV, the Netherlands Development Organisation

The agriculture sector sustains the livelihoods of millions of smallholder families and is at the center of national policies to alleviate rural poverty. However, this need for land for agriculture is also the main driver of deforestation and land degradation. A major challenge is how to encourage pro-poor agricultural development while mitigating deforestation and associated [ ...
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December 22, 2014

Global agriculture and carbon trade-offs

Krista Heiner EcoAgriculture Partners

By 2050, the United Nations estimates the global population will exceed 9 billion people and world food demand will grow by about 70% from 2000. Agricultural production can be increased through intensification, which reduces the spread of agriculture to new land through increased use of fertilizer, pesticide and water inputs, shorter fallow periods, and improved […] ...
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December 17, 2014

Bearing the fruit of action: Gender-responsive participatory research and collective management of Native Fruit Trees

Marlene Elias Bioversity International Hugo A. H. Lamers Bioversity International Narasimha Hegde LIFE Trust

“For the first time in our village, women of different ethnic and caste groups decided to form a women’s group called Matrabhoomi (Mothers’ land) and started producing kokum juice concentrate. We managed with great success, as the first batch of 350 liters was well received by shopkeepers as a natural product of high quality. Throughout […] ...
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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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August 6, 2014

Partnership and Knowledge Exchange in Smallholder Dairying Systems

By Cath Milne and Mizeck Chagunda, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) Dairy Research and Innovation Centre In 2008, three major entities forged a partnership to strengthen the industrial fabric of smallholder dairy development in Malawi. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security’s Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development, Bunda College of the Lilongwe Uni ...
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July 28, 2014

What Influences Farmers’ Land Management Practices to Combat Land Degradation?

By Taryn M. Kong, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona Livestock farmers’ land management practices affect the health and integrity of the landscape, and poor management—such as overgrazing—is often attributed as a cause of land degradation. However, to combat land degradation, policy-makers and scientists need to dig deeper to understand ...
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July 10, 2014

National Policy for Climate-Smart Agriculture: Lessons from Brazil, Ethiopia & New Zealand

Agriculture, especially large-scale industrial agriculture, is often criticized for its major environmental impacts and general disregard for ecological health. That’s where climate-smart agriculture, or CSA, comes in. CSA seeks to increase production and livelihoods while decreasing environmental impacts and building resilience to climate change. The concept is gaining groun ...
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July 4, 2014

Scientists Demonstrate Tools for Integrated Landscape Management

Isaiah Esipisu

Scientists, policy experts, landscape and agroforestry experts at the Landscape for People, Food and Nature in Africa Conference had an opportunity to learn about more than 20 tools submitted by conference participants, which these experts say are extremely useful for Integrated Landscape Management. “Integrated Landscape Management involves different processes running all th ...
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June 23, 2014

Landscape Capacity Building in Africa: How to Ensure Ownership, Equality and Change

Cora van Oosten Wageningen-UR Louise E. Buck Cornell University EcoAgriculture Partners

Working from a landscape perspective means to be able to “see the bigger picture.” Besides having technical know-how, one needs to understand spatial processes, work in teams to make landscape decisions, balance the needs of many stakeholders, and be sensitive to local circumstances. Without a doubt, it is difficult to live up to these aspects […] ...
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