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May 4, 2015

Our Soil-ution: increasing important organic matter in soil

Rhiannon Davis Soil Association

Soil is always at the forefront of the Soil Association’s work, but especially so during 2015’s International Year of Soils: a year designated by the United Nations to highlight how soil – full of life and frequently overlooked – is essential to all human life. The health of soil is being rapidly degraded, which will […] ...
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April 20, 2015

Choosing sustainability: food production to 2050

Fiona McKenzie Australian Futures Project

It is often claimed that we need to increase global food production by 70-100% in order to feed the world in 2050. The assumption that food production is tied to food security dismisses the role of access and consumption to food. This is partly because food security is only weakly linked to the capacity of […] ...
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April 18, 2015

A Multi-sectoral Approach is Key for a Sustainable Future

Marissa Sherman EcoAgriculture Partners

This week, I had the pleasure to represent EcoAgriculture Partners (and livetweet) the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability. The event focused on the underreported consequences of an unsustainable global system. Along with presenting the most pressing problems the world faces, the event highlighted a possible solutio ...
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April 4, 2015

Something to talk about: expanding the conversation on Climate-Smart Agriculture

Lucila Fernandez EcoAgriculture Partners

This past March, Krista Heiner, a project manager at EcoAgriculture Partners, joined hundreds of scientists, policy makers, and practitioners in Montpellier, France, who all had one mission in mind: to identify ways to achieve agricultural development in the face of climate change. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) was the center of the conversation; the international community, ...
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March 22, 2015

Celebrating past watershed project successes and looking toward the future

Marissa Sherman EcoAgriculture Partners

Water resource preservation and agricultural development are greatly interconnected. Both healthy communities and resilient livelihoods often hinge on proper water resource management. World Water Day 2015 is the perfect opportunity to shed some light on projects that the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative has been working on to restore and preserve watersheds. R ...
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March 19, 2015

Potential for Nutrition Gains in Nepal through its Agriculture Sector

Jess Fanzo Columbia University

Agricultural and food systems around the world have evolved to become more complex and globalized. The nutritional quality of food production, processing, and consumption – as determined by the food system – is intrinsically related to the World Summit goal for all people to have the opportunity to lead a healthy and active life. Nutrition-sensitive […] ...
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March 10, 2015

Learning from experience: Connecting Landscape Leaders in Ethiopia

Christopher Planicka EcoAgriculture Partners

At first impression, the Amhara region of Ethiopia may seem drab and barren. Knowing of the degradation that happened to these landscapes, I didn’t expect to see much more than scrubland. A recent visit to the Aba Gerima watershed, however, showed me a much greener picture, where a team from the Water and Land Resource Centre (WLRC) […] ...
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March 6, 2015

Creating a Sustainable Future Requires the Empowerment of Women

Laurie Benson 1% For Women

Women constitute half of our global population, and the timing is crucial for us to invest in women as agents of change. The link between natural resource depletion, gender inequality, conflict and peace building can no longer be ignored. It is a lack of access to natural resources that ultimately leads to the destabilization of […] ...
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March 2, 2015

De-commodifying Food: the last frontier in the civic claim of the commons

Jose Luis Vivero Pol Université catholique de Louvain

The socially constructed nature of food as a private good is being necessarily re-conceived as a commons, a crucial narrative for the transition from the dominating industrial food system towards a more sustainable system that is fairer to food producers and consumers. Food is a natural resource that is essential for human existence and has […] ...
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February 28, 2015

SDGs fail to address interlinkages between goals and targets

Claudia Ringler

In a recently released review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), my colleagues and I find that the goal on food security, improved nutrition and sustainable agriculture is a vast improvement over the Millennium Development Goals, which did not consider agriculture at all. But, the SDGs fail to address important complementarities and tradeoffs among goals and ...
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