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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 International Food Policy Research Institute

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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February 25, 2015

Changing the face of agriculture

Kevi Mace University of California, Berkeley Lauren Ponisio University of California, Berkeley

Agricultural landscapes in the United States, from the Central Valley of California to the Corn Belt of the Midwest, are largely similar in that the lands encompass expanses of single crops. Whether it is almonds or grapes or tomatoes or a fallow field, the one thing they have in common is their imposing homogeneity. This […] ...
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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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January 28, 2015

Sacred village forests: a kind of natural reserve and support to traditional eco-agriculture

Yinxian Shi Chinese Academy of Sciences

Sacred natural forests are common in many inhabited areas in China, and have historically been protected and worshipped by several groups of people. There are two major kinds of sacred natural forests: those belonging to regional areas and those belonging to local areas. The first kind of sacred natural forest is held by people from […] ...
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January 13, 2015

Learning the Diversity of Landscapes and People’s Land Use in Tropical Island Society

Takuro Furusawa Kyoto University

On a cultivation site located on a small barrier island, I encountered and interviewed an older man who was making mounds for new tuber crops: Q: “When did you start using this land as a crop garden?” A: “Oh, a very long time ago. I can’t say exactly when.” Q: “What was here when you […] ...
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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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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 food pr ...
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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 landscape ...
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November 21, 2014

A Story of Coffee, Conservation and Livelihoods in the Pico Duarte Region of the Dominican Republic

Lee Gross EcoAgriculture Partners

The Pico Duarte Coffee Region and surrounding Madres de Las Aguas (Mother of Waters) Conservation Area are areas of critical ecological, economic, and social importance to the people of the Dominican Republic. During the 2000s, much attention was paid to the establishment of protected areas in this Caribbean island nation for the conservation of biodiversity […] ...
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