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November 25, 2014

Making Large Land Initiatives in Africa Work: Policy Reforms that Support Ecosystem-Based Approaches

Robert Mgendi United Nations Environment Programme Richard Munang United Nations Environment Programme

This post is part of an online discussion on large-scale land interventions that runs through December 14th. Can these initiatives fulfill their promises? Comment below or send a max 800 word response to a.waldorf@cgiar.org. Nearly 240 million people, or 1 in every 4 persons, in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lack adequate food. Record food prices and drought ...
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November 19, 2014

Innovation in Family Farming for Food Security and Poverty Alleviation

Sarah Lowder Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Terri Raney Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Jakob Skoet Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

In recognition of the International Year of Family Farming, the recently published 2014 edition of FAO’s annual flagship publication The State of Food and Agriculture focuses on how to promote innovation among family farms to achieve sustainable food security and poverty alleviation. Family farms are key to ensuring long-term global food security. Defining & estimating s ...
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October 27, 2014

5 Not-so-tidy Steps to Feed the World

Eva Fillion EcoAgriculture Partners

A roadmap for feeding the world On October 22nd National Geographic and the FAO co-hosted the 2014 World Food Day discussion Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. The event, which took place at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC, brought together global leaders from the food and agriculture sectors to discuss the state […] ...
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October 1, 2014

Practical Approaches to Integrating Community Based Adaptation in Local Planning in Northern Ghana

Nikolaj Boutrup Møller, ALP Ghana/CARE Denmark

Integrating community based adaptation activities into local- and district-level plans is considered one of the most effective ways to support vulnerable communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change. However, practical approaches for integration that reflect the realities and priorities of the communities on the ground have always been a challenge. Fighting food in ...
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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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August 22, 2014

Meeting Food Needs in a Perfect Storm

By Eva Fillion, EcoAgriculture Partners The world’s population continues to outgrow our capacity to produce and distribute enough nutritious food for all. With this steadily ballooning population, increasing hunger and evidence that industrial agriculture contributes heavily to climate change, achieving food security is far from simple. We too often turn to agricultural inte ...
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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

By/Por Sara Delaney (Episcopal Relief & Development) and/y 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 de ...
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August 18, 2014

Agri-Culture and Agroecosystems: Producing More, Protecting More

By Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex Interest in agricultural sustainability can be traced to environmental concerns that began to appear in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly with books by Rachel Carson and Barbara Ward. However, concepts and practice of sustainability date back at least to the oldest surviving texts from […] ...
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July 21, 2014

Bringing “Nutrition” Back to Agriculture and Food Security

By Margaret McEwan/International Potato Center, Danny Hunter/Bioversity International and Gordon Prain/International Potato Center The African Union declared 2014 to be The Year of Agriculture and Food Security. As researcher-practitioners passionate about agriculture-nutrition linkages and the contribution of agricultural biodiversity to nutrition outcomes, we find it interes ...
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July 15, 2014

Pitching to the Dragons: Where Science Meets Policy and Communications

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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