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August 27, 2014

How Big of a Role Does Gender Play in Restoration Efforts?

Gender has a whole lot more to do with the landscape of Burkina Faso than meets the eye. Marlène Elias, as part of the IUCN’s Case Study Series on Gender and Restoration, writes about the distinct relationships that each gender has with various crops—in this case it’s the shea tree—and how these relationships create distinct knowledge bases and […] ...
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August 25, 2014

LIBERATION: A Knowledge Platform for Ecological Intensification

Elise Ursin, EcoAgriculture Partners As it becomes increasingly clear that industrial agriculture is not sustainable, the current search for alternatives may very well define the future of food. Though academics, policy makers, and civil society organizations have produced an impressive amount of research on sustainable farming and ecosystems, these approaches still remain rela ...
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August 18, 2014

Agri-Culture and Agroecosystems: Producing More, Protecting More

By Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex Interest in agricultural sustainability can be traced to environmental concerns that began to appear in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly with books by Rachel Carson and Barbara Ward. However, concepts and practice of sustainability date back at least to the oldest surviving texts from […] ...
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August 8, 2014

Recognizing the Rights and Contributions of Indigenous Peoples as Stewards of Landscapes

Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

This year’s International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples focuses on the rights and contributions of diverse knowledge systems to many aspects of our lives. Indigenous and rural communities have developed and maintained integrated systems for people, food and nature for centuries. Farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists, horticulturalists, foresters and landless peasants m ...
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August 1, 2014

Close to Home: Exploring Three of Virginia’s Working Landscapes

Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

This blog often focuses on the geographies and management techniques of faraway (from our headquarters in Washington, DC) lands like the Eastern High Atlas of Morocco or Northern Tanzania’s culturally and ecologically unique Maasai Steppe Heartlands. But, this week, EcoAgriculture Partners’ staff ventured out into the field to explore several landscapes closer to our home ...
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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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July 2, 2014

African Leaders Urged to Link Landscapes to the People

Isaiah Esipisu

Editor’s note: The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa Conference started July 1st, with a rousing opening session. This report by Isaiah Esipisu originally appeared on FoodTank.com. It captures the key issues and action orientation of the meeting. The “Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa” conference has kicked off in Nairobi with major [&h ...
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June 27, 2014

National Policy to Support Landscape Management in Africa

70% of poor people in sub-Saharan Africa live in rural areas, which forces nations in this region to place a heavy emphasis on rural policy. Policy goals include increased agricultural productivity and improved rural incomes, as well as prudent management of natural resources and climate resilience–necessary not only for the agricultural economy, but also for […] ...
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June 18, 2014

Unlocking the Potential of Integrated Landscape Management for Business in Africa

Lee Gross EcoAgriculture Partners

With approximately 60% of the world’s remaining arable land, Africa is poised to achieve significant economic growth through agricultural development and other rural land uses.  It has been estimated that between 2008-2020, consumer products, natural resources, agriculture and infrastructure in Africa will combine for a potential revenue of $US 2.6 trillion – with agri ...
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June 4, 2014

Beyond Pipes and Pumps: Learning about Landscapes

Miuru Jayaweera

Heenbanda was overwhelmed. Today was different from his usual toil in the paddy field. This morning he chose to travel to Peradeniya, Central Sri Lanka, approximately 75 kilometers away from his remote village to attend what the gentlemen called a ‘stakeholder dialogue’. ‘Big words’ he thought. Wide eyed and expectant nevertheless, Heenbanda took his seat […] ...
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