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August 29, 2012

Landscapes and Land Grabs at World Water Week?

As World Water Week moves to conclude its fourth day, it is increasingly apparent that water concerns bring together a wide array of interests from different sectors. Going back to Monday, a high level panel tackled the issue of land acquisitions, or “land grabs”, and food and water security. The Landscapes Blog has explored this […] ...
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August 27, 2012

World Water Week Begins

Yesterday marked the beginning of World Water Week. Hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the annual event provides a forum to exchange views, experiences and practices between the scientific, business, policy and civic communities. It focuses on new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges and their impact on the world’s enviro ...
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August 9, 2012

Worms for Water in India

Examples of success from the field are not only due to good practices, but also partnerships that Published as part of Reuters’ Alertnet ‘Battle for Water’ news coverage, a video by the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) depicts an effort in India to improve soil fertility, water management, and rural livelihoods. Dungar ...
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July 5, 2012

Promoting Resilient, Adaptive, and Sustainable Agricultural Practices in India

The Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) is promoting a new Crop System Intensification agenda. The agenda demonstrates the significance of promoting sustainable agricultural practices and protecting resources through a community and farmer based approach.  WOTR recognizes that managing food security and sustaining livelihoods while protecting natural resources is not possible ...
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June 22, 2012

On the Road from Rio: Partnerships Looking Forward

The Partnership Forum at Rio+20 consists of a series of events designed to highlight and promote some of the best partnerships currently contributing to the implementation of sustainable development. The Forum culminates this Friday, June 22, with a session for “forward-looking reflection” and “visionary perspectives” on the future of partnerships and ho ...
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June 19, 2012

Agriculture's Day at Rio+20

Yesterday marked the fourth Agriculture and Rural Development Day, and the first outside of a UNFCCC meeting. From the very beginning, it had a slightly different flavor: landscapes featured prominently on the agenda. Rachel Kyte, World Bank Vice President of Sustainable Development, kicked off the day arguing that “we can’t achieve food security, we can’t [&h ...
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May 30, 2012

What is Climate-Smart Agriculture? A Video

Climate-smart agriculture addresses the impacts of a changing climate on agriculture and presents solutions to both mitigate the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gas emissions and to feed an ever-increasing global population. Particular practices, such as incorporating trees into farms, water capture technologies, inter-cropping, and integrated livestock-crop systems, ...
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April 20, 2012

Beyond Hydrological Borders

In support of a recent book published on Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Highlands of Eastern African, Ethiopian scientist Tilahun Amede discusses lessons from the working on natural resources management in the region. Dr. Amede, who has a joint appointment with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), ...
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April 13, 2012

A Business Model to Feed 9 Billion

One Acre Fund is an organization that “helps East African farmers grow their way out of hunger.” So why a smallholder agricultural development organization on the Landscapes Blog? There is no discussion of multiple ecosystem services, or  the role of trees and wildlife habitat in a landscape. But the organization’s projects address issues of credit, [… ...
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March 20, 2012

Regreening the Sahel: An Integrated Approach

Less than a decade ago, researchers became aware of a substantial effort by farmers in Niger and other Sahelian countries to protect and manage tree species on their land. This practice, which has been occurring for decades, improves water use efficiency and availability, increases crop yields, and protects soil from erosion. Not something completely novel, […] ...
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