January 27, 2014

Managing Water and Agroecosystems in Landscapes

Water is a resource on which we all rely, and yet continues to face increasing scarcity and degradation. Particularly for agriculture, which is one of the primary consumers of water, this problem is of growing concern both in terms of production and human livelihoods. A new book edited by Eline Boelee, Managing Water and Agroecosystems […] ...
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June 26, 2013

Food, Forests, and Landscapes: Integrating Agendas

Getting the forestry, agriculture, and food security people all in the same room and agreeing upon common goals and strategies is not a task to be taken lightly. Perceived trade-offs between each group’s various interests often deter working together, and historical sector-based inertia is difficult to break. But in spite of this, institutions are beginning […] ...
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June 21, 2013

No Regrets: Adaptation Planning for Uncertainty

As discussed Wednesday on the Landscapes Blog, this week began with the observance of World Day to Combat Desertification and the announcement of the Land for Life Awards by the UNCCD. Water scarcity and drought of course have serious implications for agricultural production and the livelihoods of many of those who depend on the land […] ...
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May 22, 2013

Preventing Cardiac Arrest for Cambodia’s Heart

by Fabrice DeClerck (Bioversity International), Mam Kosal, and Gareth Johnstone (World Fish Centre), with contributions from Andrew Noble, Debbie Bossio, Michael Victor, and Camilla Zanzanaini Water is essential to life on this planet, and more specifically to agriculture and healthy ecosystems. This year has been designated as the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, wh ...
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January 23, 2013

Another Look at REDD with a Landscape Lens

As noted yesterday on the Landscapes Blog, this week marks the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Though biodiversity is the focal point, there is a host of other benefits from nature that are related, including climate regulation. We tackled the intersection of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation ( ...
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October 29, 2012

Advancing Agriculture Research for Development at GCARD2

On the heels of the Committee on World Food Security’s 39th meeting, food security experts (and many others) will head to the second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD), held in Uruguay, this week. Building off of the first conference in 2010, this year’s meeting will focus on implementation, planning joint actions, and stakeholder [& ...
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July 25, 2012

African Smallholders Harvesting Carbon

Yesterday’s blog post covered the topic of climate change adaptation. But agriculture also represents an important mitigation potential. A new report produced by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and EcoAgriculture Partners explores how climate funds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can benefit smallholder farmers and ...
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July 13, 2012

Coffee and Bananas: Better Together?

Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) drew attention to the exciting new discovery that researchers from the International Institution for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) made regarding intercropping.  The recently posted article, In Uganda, Coffee and Banana Go Better Together, focuses on Uganda’s two most important agricultural commodities: coffee and bananas.  ...
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May 22, 2012

CGIAR and Rio+20

The UNCSD Rio+20 presents an unparalleled opportunity to further the goals of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative – as poverty alleviation, food security, and environmental protection are all key themes of the meeting. With Rio+20 less than a month away, we are seeing many organizations expand their coverage of relevant activities, publications, and [&h ...
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April 26, 2012

Putting the People into Water, Land, and Ecosystems

The international consortium of agricultural research facilities – the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) – recently launched their newest research program on Water, Land and Ecosystems. CRP5, as it is known, is devoting an initial US$75 million to research on how agricultural intensification can go hand-in-hand with the protection of ...
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