April 23, 2015

The African oil palm in Bahia, Brazil: Past, present, and potential of an Afro-Brazilian landscape

Case Watkins Louisiana State University

In 1991, the Secretary of Culture in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia officially designated an eighty-kilometer strip of its Atlantic shores as the Costa do Dendê, or Palm Oil Coast, in a formal nod to the dense stands of African oil palms that had come to dominate local landscapes. Part of a broader initiative […] ...
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March 26, 2015

Indigenous Landscapes Provide Foods and Funds in Obalanga Subcounty, Uganda

Esezah Kakudidi Makerere University Samuel Ojelel Makerere University

The subsistence farming communities in Obalanga are reliant on their indigenous landscapes for a wide array of services. The communities benefit from provisionary services (e.g. food), regulative services (e.g. local climate moderation), supportive services (e.g. soil fertility) and cultural services (e.g. recreation) from these landscapes. These interactions are pertinent in t ...
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August 20, 2014

Nicaraguan Mega-Gardens: Community-Led Conservation for Plant Diversity and Soil Health/Mega-Huertos Nicaragüenses: Conservación para la Diversidad de Cultivos y la Salud de la Tierra, Dirigido por la Comunidad

Sara Delaney, Episcopal Relief & Development Audrey White, Council of Protestant Churches in Nicaragua

  English Español Over the past few years I’ve often wondered—why do some agricultural training programs inspire farmers to make real changes in their fields, while others amount to little more than a free lunch for participants? Recently, an approach developed by the staff of one of Episcopal Relief & Development’s program partners, The Council of Protestant ...
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May 12, 2014

Sand Rice: A Potential Food Crop for Climate Change Impacted Landscapes?

By Dr. Guoxiong Chen, Senior Researcher, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences Sand rice (Agriophyllum squarrosum) is an annual psammophyte found mostly on mobile sand dunes in the arid and semi-arid regions of Central Asia. It has evolved a number of physiological and morphological adaptations that allow it [&hellip ...
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October 4, 2013

A New Paradigm: Biodiversity as the Foundation of Agriculture

At the end of July, Bioversity International and 16 other leading organizations in agriculture, development, and conservation launched a global partnership to strengthen the connections between biodiversity and agricultural production and to shape the impending Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative builds on Bioversity’s focus on agricultural biodiversity – ...
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August 9, 2013

Indigenous Peoples and the Diversity of Food

Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. This year’s theme around building alliances is a reminder that indigenous people are often left out of political decision making processes that directly affect their lives and livelihoods. Today, it is vital to acknowledge the importance of indigenous peoples’ contributions to our collective knowledge of global ...
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December 11, 2012

Modeling for Agrobiodiversity

Yesterday was Terra Madre Day, which celebrates local food traditions and agrobiodiversity. Today, the Landscapes Blog explores an example of this in practices. Landscapes Initiative Co-Organizer, Bioversity International discusses new research on how to support farmers and local institutions in the conservation and use of traditional agricultural biodiversity. The framework pr ...
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October 17, 2012

Why the world needs sustainable diets, and research about them

Diet plays a critical role not only in food and nutrition security, but also influencing the path of agricultural development. With the Convention on Biological Diversity well underway and the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) meeting progressing this week, the relevance of agrobiodiversity remains an important topic of discussion with regards to diet and […] ...
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October 10, 2012

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, or GIAHS, have been defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as “remarkable land use systems and landscapes which are rich in globally significant biological diversity evolving from the co-adaption of community with its environment  and its needs and aspirations for sustainable develop ...
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October 1, 2012

Landscape of the Week: The scattered fruit tree meadows of the Swabian Alb

Kathrin Trommler, Project Coordinator with the Ecosystem Services Research Group, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, provides a look into one European agricultural landscape with deep historical roots. Representing a slightly different type of agrobiodiversity than the field crops usually discussed, this diversity of fruit trees characterizes the landsc ...
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