Blog for People, Food and Nature

August 31, 2015

Making WAVES in greening land use in the Philippines

Evan Romanko EcoAgriculture Partners

By assuming a combination of specific roles, governments can institutionalize environmental protections through practical and applicable strategies that improve the management of natural resources. In a forthcoming book Steps Toward Green: Policy Responses to the Environmental Footprint of Commodity Agriculture in East and Southeast Asia, experts from The World Bank, EcoAgricu ...
Read the Whole Story
August 31, 2015

Agriculture Green Growth: Adapting Policy Frameworks in Asia

Sara Scherr EcoAgriculture Partners

Widespread environmental degradation is undermining explosive commodity growth in Asia. Editor’s Note: In East and Southeast Asia, public policies and private investments to expand agricultural production of commodities have seriously undermined terrestrial and coastal ecosystems. In just a few decades, the region rapidly switched to monoculture export agriculture, supporte ...
Read the Whole Story
August 26, 2015

LUMENS is illuminating land-use planning for sustainable landscapes

Robert Finlayson World Agroforestry Centre

Involving all levels of government in achieving environmental goals is key to creating green economies. Editor’s Note: In the forthcoming book, Steps Toward Green: Policy Responses to the Environmental Footprint of Commodity Agriculture in East and Southeast Asia, the authors call for policymakers to formulate national strategies to upscale the work of innovative civic s ...
Read the Whole Story
August 21, 2015

In Laos, an emphasis on cash-crop agriculture entails diverse impacts

Neil Dawson University of East Anglia

East and Southeast Asia experienced a rapid development of their agricultural sectors that overturned the lives of rural communities and the structure of key ecosystems. High poverty rates, vast expanses of undeveloped land, and the availability of a large rural labor force presented ripe opportunities to develop the region as a leader in the production […] ...
Read the Whole Story
August 18, 2015

Collaborative Management around Agriculture in the Mekong River Basin

Nauman Haque UN Environment

Across East and Southeast Asia, many on-farm and local efforts are underway to incorporate environmental stewardship into agricultural production, but is it enough to save local ecosystems? The newest research from The World Bank, EcoAgriculture Partners, and Clarmondial informs policymakers in how to set environmental standards and put them into effect in their agricultural se ...
Read the Whole Story
August 14, 2015

Roles Policymakers Can Play to Green Commodity Agriculture

Environmental issues are like a knot of tangled yarn. Within any given land area, there are many interconnections—between a country’s history, the area’s socio-political climate, its economic developments, the residing communities and their associated cultures, and regional and international interests—that all impact how natural resources (terrestrial and aquatic) are m ...
Read the Whole Story
August 11, 2015

Greening Commodity Agriculture in East and Southeast Asia

Abby Waldorf CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

From the ground to government offices, this month the blog will report on agri-environmental policy in action and its future trajectory This September, the World Bank and EcoAgriculture Partners are excited to launch the book Steps Toward Green: Policy Responses to the Environmental Footprint of Commodity Agriculture in East and Southeast Asia, a collaborative study on agricu ...
Read the Whole Story
August 6, 2015

Report on Climate Change Resilience for Service Providers – Part 1

Rachel Schattman University of Vermont

Dry places are getting dryer while wet regions are getting wetter. A shift in climate regimes has farmers feeling the impact, but how are they coming to terms with change? Editor’s Note: Rachel Schattman of the University of Vermont set out with a team of diverse stakeholders to talk to farmers about climate change challenges […] ...
Read the Whole Story
August 4, 2015

Kenyan cattle grazing goes mobile to protect grasslands and wildlife

Alistair Pole African Wildlife Foundation

A recent visit to Ol Pejeta Ranch in Laikipia, Kenya, highlighted the value of using mobile bomas, or enclosures, in a mixed wildlife and livestock ranching system. On the Manyara Ranch in the Maasai Steppe landscape of Tanzania we are developing such a system and are looking at many ideas to try and make the […] ...
Read the Whole Story