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July 2, 2014

Urbanization Poses Risks to Integrated Landscapes in Kenya

Isaiah Esipisu

Kenya is one of the leading countries in Africa to embrace the Integrated Landscape Approach, though experts attending the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa Conference say that urbanization and the quest for development is a real threat to this progress. “Urbanization is a major conflict for rural landscapes in Kenya, hence, there […] ...
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March 24, 2014

Agroforestry Intensification: A Long-term Solution to Perennial Food Shortages in Africa

The United Nation’s International Day of Forests and the Tree brings attention to these aspects of our landscapes. Forests and trees fill many roles, ranging from cultural and spiritual importance to sustenance, livelihoods, watershed protection and important carbon sinks in the face of climate change. Despite the many purposes and capacities of forests, we are destroyin ...
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February 24, 2014

Scattered Trees Buffer Ecosystems and Livelihoods in the Lower Mekong River Basin

The Lower Mekong River Basin, spanning Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam, is home to millions of impoverished rural people who depend on healthy ecosystems for food production and livelihoods. The area is rich in biodiversity but is also economically significant, as it provides half of the world’s rice exports. The intensive and mixed-use nature […] ...
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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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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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May 17, 2013

Watershed Wars: Avoiding Water Rights Conflict between Smallholders and Agri-Industries

By Delia C. Catacutan, Senior Social Scientist, World Agroforestry Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam Dr. Catacutan currently leads research related to governance and natural resources management processes, including policy and institutional analyses in relation to payments for ecosystem services, in the Southeast Asia office of the World Agroforestry Centre. Her insights on avoiding confl ...
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February 18, 2013

Project-Level Insights for Landscape Level PES

Landscapes can provide a range of natural benefits, from clean water to carbon sequestration, but often people don’t have the right incentives to manage their lands to maintain these services. Gabrielle Kissinger (Lexeme Consulting) and Henry Neufeldt (World Agroforestry Centre) recount some of the lessons learned on incentives for these environmental benefits in a new [&hell ...
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December 18, 2012

Not for the Carbon: Re-thinking Climate Finance for Farmers

As the Landscapes Blog has highlighted topics related to climate change and agriculture, the issue of funding has surfaced a number of times, including a post at the beginning of the month on Navigating Finance for the Farmer. Landscapes Initiative Co-Organizer, The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) posted their take today on the finance roundtable at Agriculture, Landscapes, ...
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April 24, 2012

Making Africa's Dirt into Soil

It’s all about the soil. And a recent Nature news article postures soil fertility as vital to food security and poverty alleviation in Africa. Soil in many parts of Africa is deficient in organic matter, as well as key nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous. Crop yields are the lowest in the world, and synthetic inputs […] ...
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March 29, 2012

Trees in a Multifunctional Landscape

“If the focus becomes functional landscapes then forests can also be seen within the context of such landscapes.” – Meine Van Noordwijk, Lead author  The World Agroforestry Centre’s blog recently highlighted a book published at the end of 2011 on trees in multifunctional landscapes as means of dealing with climate change. Entitled How Trees and People [&hellip ...
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