December 23, 2014

Wrapping up Blog Month on Large-Scale Land Interventions

Eva Fillion EcoAgriculture Partners

The Landscapes for People Food and Nature Initiative Blog, International Center for Tropical Research (CIAT) and the Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) have been investigating the topic of large-scale land initiatives over the past month. Set against the backdrop of two topical sessions at the recent Global Lands ...
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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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September 29, 2014

Unraveling the ‘Landscape Approach’—Are We on the Right Track?

Roderick Zagt Tropenbos International Nick Pasiecznik ILEIA

“We know what needs to done, and how, but we are not sure how to explain it”—this was the predominant sentiment that lingered after the seminar ‘Unraveling the landscape approach – are we on the right track?‘ held in Wageningen, the Netherlands on 17 September 2014. Four presenters and three panelists tried their hand at […] ...
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September 22, 2014

Setting Goals at the UN Climate Summit

Eva Fillion EcoAgriculture Partners

If you are reading this, chances are that you’re already aware of the detrimental effects of climate change. You’ve read the research, you know the rhetoric: we are deep in a cycle of emitting harmful greenhouse gasses, degrading the land and depleting natural resources, which negatively affects not only our own lifestyle and health, but […] ...
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September 19, 2014

Equator Prize Recipients Incorporate Ecoagriculture Principles into Award-Winning Initiatives

Margie Miller EcoAgriculture Partners

Next Monday, on the eve of the United Nations Climate Summit, as high level government officials from around the world check into their hotels, a different kind of UN gathering will be taking place in New York City—one that brings people who are far from the seats of power. The Equator Prize Award Ceremony, which […] ...
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July 15, 2014

Pitching to the Dragons: Where Science Meets Policy and Communications

Abby Waldorf CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

How can scientists mobilize their knowledge for action? During the Science Communications for Policy Impact side event at the LPFN in Africa Conference in Nairobi, researchers came face-to-face with policy makers to learn how to make their voices heard. In the “Dragon’s Den,” they pitched their ideas about food security to the panel and braced for blunt ...
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July 4, 2014

Managing Landscapes in Africa: From ‘Evil Forests’ to a Half-Urban, Half-Rural People

Daisy Ouya World Agroforestry Centre

Policy makers in Africa must think globally, regionally and locally for sustainable landscape management. Africa—a diverse, resource-rich yet food-insecure continent—urgently needs an integrated landscapes approach to policy-making in order to meet food security and development goals while protecting the natural resource base that makes it all possible. To feed and nourish ...
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June 16, 2014

Landscape Governance in Africa: Navigating Power Imbalances to Foster Cooperation

Constance Neely World Agroforestry Centre Raffaela Kozar EcoAgriculture Partners Louise E. Buck Cornell University EcoAgriculture Partners

Editor’s note: This July, the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is hosting a conference to bring together leading minds from African government, research, civil society and the private sector in Nairobi. The goal? To generate an ambitious agenda to enhance and scale effective integrated landscape management in Africa. By sharing the best in […] ...
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November 16, 2013

Realizing the Promise of Climate-Smart Landscapes: Plenary Powerpoint

Landscapes are real things in the real world, not theoretical concepts. Integrated landscape management is already happening in thousands of landscapes around the world, and it is having big impacts. We have a lot to learn and do to scale up the approach, and we are here at the Global Landscapes Forum to start working […] ...
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November 13, 2013

The UNEP Emissions Gap Report and Climate-Smart Agriculture: ICRAF COP19 Side Event

There is a definite role for agriculture to play in climate change mitigation, but still far too little information on the scale of its potential contribution. This was the overriding message from yesterday’s COP 19 side event Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture: policies, development and mitigation potentials, hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The […] ...
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