Blog for People, Food and Nature

July 31, 2015

Integrated farming systems optimize landscapes for the best outcomes

Tom Goddard Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Society’s environmental and health concerns are playing a more prominent role in directing agricultural policy. Beyond the ever-present issues of health care, education, and a safe and reliable food supply, society has become more concerned about the environment (and health linkages), energy use efficiencies, industrial and human footprints, and climate change. The agric ...
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July 28, 2015

Land Use and Disease Emergence

Max McClure Catherine Machalaba EcoHealth Alliance

Zoonoses, diseases transmitted from animals to humans, are currently enjoying a moment in the sun—at least by disease standards. There are now popular depictions of spillover events, as in the movie Contagion, reflecting real-world examples where disease is transmitted from animals to humans. The most recent and significant series of zoonoses events points to this […] ...
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July 24, 2015

Keynote illustrates value of investment in landscape approaches in Ethiopia

Sertse Sebuh Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy

At the Financing for Development Conference (FfD3), Mr. Sertse Sebuh addressed world leaders about the many benefits that the landscape approach has granted Ethiopia. Among the many world leaders present in the meetings for the Financing for Development Conference (FfD3) was Mr. Sertse Sebuh, Unit Coordinator of Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Program. In ...
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July 23, 2015

Financing for Development Must Include Finance for Integrated Landscape Initiatives

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

As world leaders planned finance strategies for executing the Sustainable Development Goals, we highlighted the many advantages of Integrated Landscape Initiatives. From July 13-16th world leaders and national delegations from more than 150 countries convened in Africa’s diplomatic capital to hammer out the logistics of paying for the post 2015 development agenda. The Fin ...
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July 21, 2015

From vision to action, responsible soy is now on the map

Jimena Couto Round Table on Responsible Soy Verónica Chorkulak

Biodiversity loss is more than just a hot topic. It is climate change, habitat destruction, global warming, endangered species… a complete change in the world we live in, and therefore, in the way we live it. As the world’s population keeps growing, we pressure the planet’s resources. There are more mouths to feed and more people […] ...
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July 16, 2015

Catalyzing the uptake of the Landscape Approach

This past April, a team of ecosystem management practitioners came together in Nairobi, Kenya. Their mission? To put the Ecosystem Management of Productive Landscapes project on the map. Demand for food, energy, and fiber is projected to increase 40-60%, a strain on industry and agriculture that will also be exacerbated by stresses from climate change. Considering the futur ...
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July 6, 2015

The Value of Multifunctional Agriculture: a case study in northern Europe

Alberto Bernues Norwegian University of Life Sciences

In some of the most biodiverse regions of the world, people have farmed for centuries, shaping magnificent agricultural landscapes. Multifunctionality recognizes agriculture as a multi-output activity producing not only private (market) goods such as food, feed, or fibre, but also public (nonmarket, non-excludable, non-rival) goods such as agricultural landscapes, farmland biod ...
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July 2, 2015

Protecting Endangered Plants, One Taboo at a time: traditional practices and conservation

Diana Quiroz Naturalis Biodiversity Center

The iroko (Milicia excelsa) is one of West Africa’s most iconic trees. It is a sacred tree in many of the areas where it occurs. In Benin, people call Him “the king of the forest” and hence address Him with respect. For the past five years, our team has studied plant use in West Africa […] ...
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