July 11, 2014

From a Central to Devolved Governing System in Kenya: Which Way for Natural Resources?

By David Kuria, Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) When Kenya enacted a new constitution in August 2010, the country ushered in a new and progressive order aimed at expressing the commitment of the Kenyan people to nurture and protect the well-being of all and recognizing the aspirations of better governance through enhanced equality, social justice, democracy, good [&helli ...
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July 4, 2014

Scientists Demonstrate Tools for Integrated Landscape Management

Isaiah Esipisu

Scientists, policy experts, landscape and agroforestry experts at the Landscape for People, Food and Nature in Africa Conference had an opportunity to learn about more than 20 tools submitted by conference participants, which these experts say are extremely useful for Integrated Landscape Management. “Integrated Landscape Management involves different processes running all th ...
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June 11, 2014

Women as the Primary Source of Information – Sustainable Rangeland Management in Northwestern Kenya

By Gabby Abrego, Conservation International “Our livelihood is our land and the cows,” Beatrice Lemparia explains as she begins to describe life as an indigenous Mukogodo Maasai woman. Beatrice comes from one of the semi-nomadic, pastoralist communities that lives northwest of Mount Kenya. “You are not a complete Maasai without livestock, even if subjected to […] ...
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February 17, 2014

Victoria to Chilwa: Integrated Development Successes at the Lake Basin Scale

Krista Heiner EcoAgriculture Partners Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

On February 10, 2014, the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program hosted an event on Integrated Development in Two African Lake Basins. Panelists reported on programmatic and project-level successes, showing the benefits of integrating population, health and the environment for sustainable development.  Lake basins are characterized by unique cultures, rich ...
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January 8, 2014

Participatory Action Research for Smallholder Carbon Projects

Quinn Bernier

Getting the details of agricultural carbon projects right requires paying close attention to local institutions. These entities—including community groups, local NGOs and local governments—are  pivotal in encouraging the participation in carbon projects and adoption of carbon-sequestering farm-based activities. They contribute to the monitoring and tracking of results and ...
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December 18, 2013

A Dialogue for Landscape Action in the Maasai Steppe

Christopher Planicka EcoAgriculture Partners

The Maasai Steppe Heartland is home to Maasai pastoralist communities, who raise cattle, sheep, and goats across some of northern Tanzania’s most important wildlife corridors. Encompassing both Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, the Maasai Steppe Heartland is home to numerous species of wild animals, including elephants, wildebeest, zebras, buffalo, giraffes, and Thom ...
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October 21, 2013

Mapping Essential Ecosystems in the Land of Rice

Last week, World Food Day emphasized ‘sustainable’ in agriculture and food systems. One interesting element of the day was how the discussion spread beyond the development community, in many cases demonstrating how necessary breaking down silos really is. Case in point, Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Co-Organizer Conservation International (CI) took this opp ...
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August 2, 2013

A Systems Perspective for Urban Agriculture: Food Security, Livelihoods, and Sustainable Environment

Mary Njenga, University of Nairobi and World Agroforestry Centre Nancy Karanja, University of Nairobi

Editor’s note: For the past two weeks, experts have focused on urban food systems and the importance of urban production, city-regional planning, and the connections beyond city limits. Today, Mary Njenga and Nancy Karanja bring this discussion to the specific case of Nairobi, Kenya, where urban agricultural production is contributing to food security and livelihoods in ...
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July 3, 2013

"Re-Greening" Landscapes for Food Security

Last week, Chris Reij, Sustainable Land Management Specialist and Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute (WRI), discussed the contribution of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration to both addressing concerns related to climate change and food security. Set in the context of President Obama’s trip last week to Africa and his recent announcement of a U.S. […] ...
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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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