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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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December 17, 2013

Testing the Waters: Experimentation and Innovation in Markets for Integrated Landscapes

A paradigm of agricultural landscape management, in which stakeholders work towards common objectives and the environmental and economic bottom lines are not at odds with one another, doesn’t seem too far out of the question. Yet, as our contributors over the past two weeks have emphasized, it’s not as easy as a wave of the […] ...
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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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December 6, 2013

Risky Business: A Landscape Approach to Sustainable Supply Chains

Gabrielle Kissinger Lexeme Consulting

By Gabrielle Kissinger, Lexeme Consulting On Wednesday, we saw how partnership and collaboration can facilitate the move towards sustainable agricultural production at a landscape scale. Yet risk is still a constant concern within supply chain management. In today’s post, author Gabrielle Kissinger examines the experiences of businesses taking more integrated approaches t ...
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December 4, 2013

Producer Support Structures for Sustainable Landscapes: Solidaridad's Perspective

By Katie Minderhoud and Andreanne Grimard, Solidaridad Network To open our fourth installment of the Landscapes Roundtable, representatives from the Solidaridad Network discuss the role of sustainable agricultural production as an entry point to an integrated landscape approach. Coming from an agricultural commodity supply chain perspective, there is a strong emphasis on partne ...
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December 2, 2013

Getting the Markets Right for Integrated Landscape Management

Still emerging from the afterglow of the Global Landscapes Forum, the topics of a ‘Green Economy’, market incentives, and private sector partnerships have all garnered considerable interest on the frontiers of sustainable landscapes. The economic realities driving land use and natural resource management have raised concerns among those with an eye toward the long-term viab ...
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February 20, 2013

Does Asia Pulp & Paper's Promise Signal a New Business Environment?

On Monday, the Landscapes Blog highlighted one market innovation, payment for ecosystem services, that when employed at a landscape scale can yield significant benefits to people, food, and nature, particularly in the case of small-scale farmers. But what about the larger producers of food, fuel, and fiber? There is growing movement among these keys actors […] ...
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January 25, 2013

A World of Waste

Food loss and waste has been a hot topic the past couple of weeks. A new report by the UK-based Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not, estimates that 30-50% of all food produced is wasted in harvesting, storage, transportation, retail, and consumption. One of the main messages of the report was not the […] ...
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October 3, 2012

The Biodiversity Risk & Opportunity Assessment (BROA) tool

With less than a week to go until the Convention on Biological Diversity begins, biodiversity is definitely the topic on hand, and the focus of the Landscapes Blog for the past few weeks. However, assessing risks to biodiversity and ecosystems from business ventures has not been given its spot in the limelight. Recently as part […] ...
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August 3, 2012

Fixing the Broken Food System: Power of Consumers

As the Blog moves through aspects of the agricultural supply chain, one important stakeholder group (and a good place to conclude the week) are those at the end of the chain, the consumers. Considering the global nature of the food system, a consumer’s behavior has implications beyond an individual’s immediate surroundings. Ensuring that there is […] ...
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