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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

Nearly 240 million people, or 1 in every 4 persons, in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lack adequate food. Record food prices and drought are pushing more people into hunger and poverty. In the face of this, we must ask, how can we build a food secure Africa? In resolving the perennial food security challenge in Africa, […] ...
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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 14th. 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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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 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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