March 6, 2015

Creating a Sustainable Future Requires the Empowerment of Women

Laurie Benson 1% For Women

Women constitute half of our global population, and the timing is crucial for us to invest in women as agents of change. The link between natural resource depletion, gender inequality, conflict and peace building can no longer be ignored. It is a lack of access to natural resources that ultimately leads to the destabilization of […] ...
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December 17, 2014

Bearing the fruit of action: Gender-responsive participatory research and collective management of Native Fruit Trees

Hugo A. H. Lamers Bioversity International Narasimha Hegde LIFE Trust

“For the first time in our village, women of different ethnic and caste groups decided to form a women’s group called Matrabhoomi (Mothers’ land) and started producing kokum juice concentrate. We managed with great success, as the first batch of 350 liters was well received by shopkeepers as a natural product of high quality. Throughout […] ...
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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 15, 2014

Addressing Gender Inequality in Climate Change Programs and Policies

Sarina Katz EcoAgriculture Partners

The United Nations’ groundbreaking Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were signed by all 189 member states at the turn of the century in 2000 with eight goals aimed at reducing global poverty and its related consequences by the year 2015. In addition to income and hunger, the goals are tied to health, education, gender inequalities, and […] ...
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September 5, 2014

Demonstrating How to Integrate Gender into Conservation

Brittany Ajroud Conservation International

In East Timor’s Nino Konis Santana National Park, men work as fishermen while women prepare the catch for sale—first removing the fish from fishing gear, then sorting, processing and packaging for the market. In Madagascar’s Fandriana Vondrozo forest corridor, women who engage in small industries like basketry must often rely on men for raw materials, […] ...
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August 27, 2014

How Big of a Role Does Gender Play in Restoration Efforts?

Marlène Elias International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Gender has a whole lot more to do with the landscape of Burkina Faso than meets the eye. Editor’s Note: Marlène Elias, as part of the IUCN’s Case Study Series on Gender and Restoration, writes about the distinct relationships that each gender has with various crops—in this case it’s the shea tree—and how these relationships create distinct knowledge [& ...
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July 11, 2013

A World Population Balancing Act: Food, Agriculture, and Environment

Nearly two years ago, the world hit a milestone of 7 billion people, and the projections for 2050 continue to suggest an addition of 2-3 billion people. Underlying the concerns over natural resource scarcity and ecosystem health often rests the interests of people. Today as World Population Day is observed around the globe, there is […] ...
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May 24, 2013

Leveraging Carbon Markets to Support Smallholder Farmers in Africa: Lessons from Experience

By Seth Shames, Senior Project Manager, EcoAgriculture Partners As the documented and projected impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, and pressure mounts for dramatic global mitigation efforts, carbon credit markets have developed as a popular policy mechanism.  Though still largely focused on the energy sector, opportunities have emerged for smallholder farm ...
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March 11, 2013

A Double-Edged Sword: Gender and REDD+

By Abidah Setyowati, Core Associate, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), USA. Last Friday, the world observed the 102nd International Women’s Day, and for the past week, the Landscapes Blog has honed in on issues related to gender and landscape management. Today, Abidah Setyowati shares WOCAN’s experience integrating gender in ...
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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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