December 8, 2014

How can we manage ecosystem services for development outcomes? The case of the Cañete River Basin

Marcela Quintero International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Sarah Jones Bioversity International

Earlier this month, the CGIAR research program on Water, Land and Ecosystems published an Ecosystem Service and Resilience (ESR) Framework presenting an approach for using ecosystem service and resilience concepts to create multi-functional landscapes that sustain production, livelihoods, and human well-being. What does this mean for communities living in rural landscapes? The ...
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February 11, 2013

Landscape of the Week: Traditional Farming in the Jeypore Tract

As mentioned on Friday, today is the first convening of the Indigenous Peoples Forum held at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). A wide range of landscapes globally are managed by indigenous people. In addition to the importance of recognizing these groups’ rights and unique perspectives, many traditional land management approaches can also help [& ...
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February 8, 2013

A Meeting of Indigenous Knowledge

Increasing recognition of the importance of traditional knowledge in the management of land and natural resources has prompted various gatherings of indigenous peoples from around the world at high-level meetings and international conferences. Next week, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is hosting the first global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples For ...
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November 28, 2012

Starting Out Climate-Smart

Day 3 of COP18 is well underway, and there are plenty of events related to agriculture on the horizon. Yesterday, a joint event held by FAO, IFAD, and WFP commenced the discussion, attempting to tease out answers to three questions related to climate-smart agriculture: How can climate-smart approaches be used to build resilience in food […] ...
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October 24, 2012

The Way Forward for Responsible Agricultural Investments

Considerable financial resources will be necessary to feed a growing global population, meet the needs of changing diets, and deal with natural resources and climatic challenges (see our post on climate-smart agriculture financing). According to FAO estimates, US$83 billion a year will be needed to achieve food security in developing countries. Furthermore, in Africa alone [&he ...
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June 20, 2012

Agencies for a Food Secure Future

Yesterday, the Rome-based United Nations agencies – Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – along with the CGIAR’s Bioversity International held an event on ‘Aiming for a Food Secure Future.’ This event served to engage stakeholders in a dialogue on steps ...
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May 15, 2012

Shifting a Sustainable Development Paradigm

Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative co-organizers the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) gear up for the United Nations Convention on Sustainable Development Rio+20.  This upcoming meeting is an important one for the Initiative, as it is the ideal setting to bring together all three objective ...
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