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April 11, 2015

Can we meet future global food demand without causing any further environmental damage?

Insa Flachsbarth Technical University of Madrid Bárbara Willaarts Technical University of Madrid Claudia Ringler International Food Policy Research Institute

One would wish to have a direct and simple answer to this big question: Yes we can!  But unfortunately there are no free lunches, and whatever strategy we will adopt to satisfy global food demand, food production will inevitably have adverse impacts on our environment. Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the Agriculture and Ecosystems […] ...
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February 16, 2015

Livelihood outcomes of payment for ecosystem services in Ecuadorian highland Andean grasslands

Leah Bremer Natural Capital Project University of Hawai’i, Mānoa Kathleen A. Farley San Diego State University

In Latin America and around the world, payment for ecosystem services (PES) programs represents a growing approach to conservation. In many cases, these programs aim to tackle social and environmental goals at the same time through, for example, improving the livelihoods of farmers while also encouraging more sustainable land-use practices. Ecuador’s SocioBosque program, a na ...
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January 2, 2015

Understanding the relationship between Forests and Agriculture: the need for a landscape approach

Richard McNally SNV, the Netherlands Development Organisation

The agriculture sector sustains the livelihoods of millions of smallholder families and is at the center of national policies to alleviate rural poverty. However, this need for land for agriculture is also the main driver of deforestation and land degradation. A major challenge is how to encourage pro-poor agricultural development while mitigating deforestation and associated [ ...
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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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July 23, 2014

Diving Deeply Into Integrated Landscape Management: The Case of Araucarias del Alto Malleco Model Forest in Chile

Abigail Hart EcoAgriculture Partners

English Español What does it actually mean to be a platform that supports integrated landscape management? After working day in and day out with landscape leaders striving to implement landscape approaches while conducting the Continental Review of Integrated Landscape Initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean, I found that I was still full of questions […] ...
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July 18, 2014

Soil Restoration in Mexico’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve/Restauración de Suelos en la Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda, México

By/Por Esther Díaz Pérez English Español After centuries of farming practices in the rugged mountains of the Sierra Madre Oriental, the scars of deforestation are indelibly marked on the area known as Sierra Gorda. In the past, the steep slopes lost their protective forest cover and the soil was deeply eroded. Coupled with this, the soil’s […] ...
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July 9, 2014

What’s Happening with Integrated Landscapes in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Elise Ursin EcoAgriculture Partners

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are vital contributors to global agricultural production and biodiversity. The region is predicted to contain 43 percent of the world’s farmland by 2050 and currently includes eight of the world’s 34 biodiversity hotspots. However, its natural resources are poorly regulated (deforestation in the Amazon is an infamous example) and extre ...
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April 25, 2014

Bamboo: A Mechanism to Reconnect Forest Fragments and Restore Ecosystems

By EcoPlanet Bamboo Group The Bonn Challenge aims to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020. Commercial bamboo plantations can help achieve these goals by serving as an alternative to traditional timber and as a resource to stimulate national and local economies and reduce foreign imports. Bamboo is a rapidly growing […] ...
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February 28, 2014

The Pablo Standard: Encouraging Place-based Agroecology in El Salvador

By Abigail Hart, Project Manager, EcoAgriculture Partners (Translation by Jilka Paz, EcoAgriculture Partners) English Español Just northeast of San Salvador, the Cinquera municipality covers the hillside alongside El Salvador’s largest body of fresh water, the Cerrón Grande reservoir (known locally as Lake Suchitlán). This lake has been recognized as a RAMSAR site, which i ...
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December 10, 2013

Experimenting with Certification: Towards a Sustainable Livestock Sector in Brazil

By Peter Newton, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan Last week’s guest authors honed in on issues of partnership, support, and reducing risk within supply chains. Major commodities such as soy and palm oil formed the basis of these discussions, but one of the major contributors to land cover change and degradation was […] ...
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