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August 22, 2014

Meeting Food Needs in a Perfect Storm

By Eva Fillion, EcoAgriculture Partners The world’s population continues to outgrow our capacity to produce and distribute enough nutritious food for all. With this steadily ballooning population, increasing hunger and evidence that industrial agriculture contributes heavily to climate change, achieving food security is far from simple. We too often turn to agricultural inte ...
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August 13, 2014

Negotiating Sustainable Landscapes Requires Inclusive and Innovative Tools

By Robert Frederick Finlayson, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Governments and communities are finding it easier to work together to create a sustainable, climate-friendly Southeast Asia thanks to a suite of ‘tools’ that support negotiations over land use. But, do you ‘spare’ land or do you ‘share’ it? If you spare it by ‘protecting’ it, for […] ...
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July 23, 2014

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

By/Por Abigail Hart 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 […] ...
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July 7, 2014

What Will It Take to Get Businesses Involved in African Landscape Initiatives?

Abby Waldorf CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

In 2009, businesses and farmers operating in Naivasha received a rude wake up call. Lake Naivasha almost dried up. In a basin that supports over 60% of Kenya’s flower industry, accounting for over 1% of the country’s GDP, policy makers and businesses were quick to respond. But will it always take a threat like this […] ...
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July 4, 2014

Managing Landscapes in Africa: From 'Evil Forests' to a Half-Urban, Half-Rural People

By Daisy Ouya, World Agroforestry Centre Policy makers in Africa must think globally, regionally and locally for sustainable landscape management. Africa—a diverse, resource-rich yet food-insecure continent—urgently needs an integrated landscapes approach to policy-making in order to meet food security and development goals while protecting the natural resource base that ma ...
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July 3, 2014

Experts Discuss Strategies for Financing Integrated Landscape Investments in Africa

Isaiah Esipisu

Delegates at the ongoing Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Conference in Nairobi are creating action plans to enable mobilization of resources for integrated landscape management (ILM) in Africa. “This is a priority area, and the issue of finance is very critical for such development aspirations. And before we start planning for anything, we must […] ...
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June 30, 2014

Traveling to Integrated Landscapes in Kenya

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

A total traffic jam, par for the course at rush hour in Nairobi, has finally slowed the momentum of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa conference field trip. I write this while we are barely crawling back into Nairobi during evening rush hour, and the reflections are fresh. We (50 participants from […] ...
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June 9, 2014

Participatory Policy Making for Integrated Landscape Management in Kenya

Krista Heiner EcoAgriculture Partners

Sensing the participants were getting a little restless after several hours of discussing policy challenges for the integrated management of water resources in the Lake Naivasha Landscape, Joan Kimayu, a lead facilitator with the Strengthening Rural Institutions Program at the World Agroforestry Centre, wondered what she could do to make a group of government officials [&hellip ...
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May 28, 2014

Dancing Our Way to Effective Integrated Landscape Management

A collaborative endeavor by nature, integrated landscape management depends upon striking a balance between multiple stakeholders and their various strengths and weaknesses in order to achieve the goal of effectively managing a multipurpose landscape.  Abby Hart and Camilla Zanzanaini investigate the efficacy of institutionalized integrated landscape management in their post o ...
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May 14, 2014

They’re Not All Win-Win Situations

Margie Miller EcoAgriculture Partners

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature initiative spends a lot of time trying to show the private sector that it is in their own self-interest to practice, support and finance integrated landscape management. If we focus so much on self-interest as a motivation for good behavior, it is because we have learned that is […] ...
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