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February 10, 2014

Zooming in on Tree Based Ecosystem Approaches

In November 2013, we introduced EcoAgriculture’s discussion paper: “Taking Tree Based Ecosystem Approaches to Scale: Evidence of drivers and impacts on food security, climate change resilience and carbon sequestration.” Now, during the 2014 World Congress on Agroforestry, we revisit the study by zooming in on research findings for scaling Tree Based Ecosystem Approache ...
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November 16, 2013

Embracing Complexity: Movement Toward Integrated Landscapes

As the Global Landscapes Forum kicks off today in Warsaw, there has still been frustratingly little official action on agriculture at the UNFCCC COP19 negotiation just across town. Despite this lack of movement, at COP19 side events held over the past week, the need for something resembling a landscape approach has emerged as a theme […] ...
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October 30, 2013

Livestock for Climate: More than mitigation from improved animal agriculture

A long-standing contention in climate change negotiations, and more broadly in discussions of solutions, is often the explicit separation of mitigation and adaptation. Contributing nearly 15% of human-induced emissions, the livestock sector draws particular attention from the mitigation side. While a recent FAO report,  building on the findings in Livestock’s Long Shadow ...
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October 16, 2013

Right to Adequate and Nutritious Food: Role of Landscapes

By Kedar Mankad, EcoAgriculture Partners, Washington, DC. This year, World Food Day and Blog Action Day fall on October 16th. World Food Day is focusing on “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”, while Blog Action day has narrowed in on the topic of Human Rights. These two themes, in fact, complement each other […] ...
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October 14, 2013

Goals for Sustainable Development: Landscapes on the Post-2015 Agenda

This week marks the 33rd year of World Food Day observations, which also celebrates the 68th anniversary of the UN Food and Agriculture’s (FAO) founding. Over this time, both have served to build awareness around hunger and malnutrition, and tried to alleviate those strains on society. As one of the most recent frameworks for this – […] ...
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July 1, 2013

Food Systems for Better Nutrition

Last week on the Blog concluded with ten principles of a landscape approach as outlined in a recent paper by Sayer, et al. Taken together with the announcement of the new Global Landscapes Forum at COP19 in Warsaw, recent public discussions at the World Bank and IFPRI, and other recent events, it is clear there […] ...
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June 13, 2013

Guiding Climate-Smart

“Although the landscape approach, which involves multi-sector and multi-stakeholder interventions across multiple scales, makes planning and management challenging, there are no other options for achieving Climate-Smart Agriculture’s goals” This sentiment, and the recognition that agricultural land management must be approached more holistically is growing in the ...
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March 27, 2013

The Ways and Means of Expanding Agroforestry

Rachel Friedman EcoAgriculture Partners

When looking at the mosaic of land uses, agroforestry systems are one of the most important means of harmonizing environmental protection and agricultural growth. Though most commonly known for its use in “forest farming”, other means of agroforestry such as serving as windbreaks for farm land, riparian forest buffers and inter-cropping can provide both environmental [&hell ...
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March 8, 2013

Gender in Tenure

We often discuss land and resource tenure here on the Landscapes Blog, whether it’s in relation to climate-smart agriculture or financing sustainable land management. Having that clear delineation of responsibility and a strong sense of ownership is fundamental to long-term sustainable management of natural resources and the various activities within a landscape. This is ...
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March 6, 2013

Protecting Women Farmers for a Sustainable Future

By Danielle Nierenberg, Co-President of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank and Eve Andrews, Food Tank research intern, USA. March 8th is International Women’s Day. The day recognizes the steps that have been taken toward gender equality, while also acknowledging that much more needs to be done to level the playing field for women in all […] ...
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