September 27, 2014

The Time is Now: Take Action on Climate Change in Africa

Editor’s note: The release of the African Landscapes Action Plan strategically coincides with the United Nations Climate Summit currently underway in New York City, as well as the launch of the Global Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance. The Agroforestry World Blog takes note of this timing, noting that the success of these meetings comes from swift, translatable [… ...
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September 13, 2014

Costa Rica Puts a Price Tag on Nature: Will it Work?

Editor’s note: The payments for ecosystem services (PES) strategy is a fairly controversial one: though it does provide strong incentive for sustainable practices, it also means monetizing natural features and linking the environment to an often unstable economy. Alvaro Umaña, Costa Rica’s first minister of environment and energy, gave the keynote address the 7th ...
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September 3, 2014

Integrated Waterscape Management in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Southeast Asia probably isn’t the first place you think of when it comes to coffee production, but trade liberalization has made Vietnam the world’s second largest exporter of our favorite morning pick-me-up. Along with pepper and (increasingly) cocoa, this commodity is contributing to the country’s economic development. Unfortunately, harmful agricultural practices and ...
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April 18, 2014

How Can We Meet Global Food Needs while Lowering Emissions?

Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

When you hear “low emissions agriculture,” what comes to mind? Before attending a discussion at the World Bank on Meeting Global Food Needs with Lower Emissions, I envisioned an emphasis on food miles and chemical fertilizer use. But, the recent IPCC assessment report suggests that it’s really all about soil management in agricultural landscapes and figuring […] ...
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March 26, 2014

What Exactly Is Climate-Smart Agriculture?

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) acknowledges the fact that climate change is a crosscutting issue with the need for an integrated approach to food security, environmental quality, human welfare and other development goals. Agriculture is uniquely situated between climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, because it is both a major contributor to the world’s changin ...
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February 26, 2014

Kenyan Farmers’ Soil Carbon Sequestration Builds Resilience to Climate Change

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners John Recha ERMCSD Krista Heiner EcoAgriculture Partners Amos Wekesa

In January 2014, farm households in Kisumu and Kitale, Kenya became the first Africans to earn carbon credits generated in part from soil carbon sequestration. Farmers in these western Kenyan communities are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate.  Significant changes are becoming more frequent, such as water scarcity, rainfall variability, emerging pests and [ ...
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February 7, 2014

Social and Environmental Factors in Finance: Looking at the Bottom Line

Jesse Last Root Capital

Editor’s note: Jesse Last of Root Capital, a social investment fund that provides credit and financial training to agricultural enterprises in Africa and Latin America, discusses how Root Capital integrates social and environmental factors into credit decisions. The organization supports businesses that are positioned to act as environmental stewards of their ecosyste ...
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January 2, 2014

The Landscapes Blog's Big Issues 2013

Happy New Year! With 2014 upon us, it’s a good time to review some of the big emerging or debated issues related to integrated landscape approaches the Landscapes Blog covered last year. Climate change was a pervasive theme on the Landscape Blog, and in conversations on agriculture, environment, and development. Issues related to climate change were […] ...
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November 21, 2013

Fast Forward to 2030: What the Future Holds for Food and Farming

Post and graphics by Farming First At the Global Landscapes Forum last weekend, in addition to much clamour over UNFCCC negotiations, there was also discussion of the Sustainable Development Goals under design. While these goals tackle major challenges facing people and the planet, there is concern that more coordination between the goals, and perhaps even […] ...
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November 14, 2013

Climate Infographic Break: Trajectories for a Climate-Smart Paradigm

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

When it comes to climate change planning, we must remember that people live in the places where climate change mitigation happens. And those people have an obvious interest in the resilience of their natural and agricultural systems and their ability to adapt to a new climate regime. The graphic below, based on the recent article by […] ...
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