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May 11, 2015

Avoid a Collision between Human and Environmental Wellbeing

Geurt van de Kerk Sustainable Society Foundation

Many people, if not all, wonder what will happen when countries like China and India – together with about one-third of the world population – achieve a similar level of income and consumption as rich countries have nowadays. China saw its income per person (purchasing power parity) increased by no less than 140% from 2005 […] ...
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April 20, 2015

Choosing sustainability: food production to 2050

Fiona McKenzie Australian Futures Project

It is often claimed that we need to increase global food production by 70-100% in order to feed the world in 2050. The assumption that food production is tied to food security dismisses the role of access and consumption to food. This is partly because food security is only weakly linked to the capacity of […] ...
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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

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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March 19, 2015

Potential for Nutrition Gains in Nepal through its Agriculture Sector

Jess Fanzo Columbia University

Agricultural and food systems around the world have evolved to become more complex and globalized. The nutritional quality of food production, processing, and consumption – as determined by the food system – is intrinsically related to the World Summit goal for all people to have the opportunity to lead a healthy and active life. Nutrition-sensitive […] ...
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March 6, 2015

Creating a Sustainable Future Requires the Empowerment of Women

Laurie Benson 1% For Women

Women constitute half of our global population, and the timing is crucial for us to invest in women as agents of change. The link between natural resource depletion, gender inequality, conflict and peace building can no longer be ignored. It is a lack of access to natural resources that ultimately leads to the destabilization of […] ...
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March 4, 2015

Forests a Food Security Blanket for Communities in India

Salome Yesudas Rukmini Rao Gramya Resource Centre for Women Debal Deb Centre for Inter-Disciplinary Studies Kavitha Kuruganti Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture

Countries like India, which claim to have reduced poverty yet have had no reductions in hunger and malnutrition, present quite a paradox that must be addressed. The food sovereignty framework, introduced by the Sustainable Development Goals debate, is promising because it addresses the fact that hunger and malnutrition are not just a supply problem, but […] ...
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September 26, 2014

Worth More than a Thousand Words: Photovoice in Multi-Stakeholder Decision Making

Greg Spira Cuso International

People often say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Advocacy campaigns frequently present stark images that ostensibly speak for themselves. These images are highly evocative and effective at provoking outside action. But are a thousand words really enough? Within large landscapes, individuals, communities and diverse interest groups possess distinct perspectives and vis ...
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August 11, 2014

Growth Scenarios and Conservation Trade-offs in the US-Mexico Borderlands

By Miguel L. Villarreal and Laura M. Norman, United States Geological Survey Developing and interpreting alternative future land-use scenarios is an effective way to engage communities in local and regional planning and illustrate how rates and patterns of land-use change may affect human well-being and the environment. Along the arid borderlands between the United States [&hel ...
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August 8, 2014

Recognizing the Rights and Contributions of Indigenous Peoples as Stewards of Landscapes

Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

This year’s International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples focuses on the rights and contributions of diverse knowledge systems to many aspects of our lives. Indigenous and rural communities have developed and maintained integrated systems for people, food and nature for centuries. Farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists, horticulturalists, foresters and landless peasants m ...
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July 11, 2014

From a Central to Devolved Governing System in Kenya: Which Way for Natural Resources?

By David Kuria, Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) When Kenya enacted a new constitution in August 2010, the country ushered in a new and progressive order aimed at expressing the commitment of the Kenyan people to nurture and protect the well-being of all and recognizing the aspirations of better governance through enhanced equality, social justice, democracy, good [&helli ...
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