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October 31, 2015

India’s climate tech revolution is starting in its villages

Lisa Palmer

From solar powered irrigation to handheld crop sensors, climate-smart villages are springing up across Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab and other states Editors Note: This story was originally published in The Guardian online on October 12th, 2015. It is reposted here with the permission of the author. Camels pulling wooden carts loaded with coconuts plod down the main road amid [&h ...
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October 24, 2015

Field Diary of Cocoa and Conservation in Bantaeng, Indonesia

Najemia Tahiruddin Rainforest Alliance

The Sulawesi bear cuscus is a vulnerable animal on the IUCN Red List found in only one part of Indonesia. In the past, farmers viewed cuscuses as pests and would hunt them. However, after receiving training from the Rainforest Alliance, local farmers are now taking action to protect this rare species. Editor’s Note: The following […] ...
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October 22, 2015

Forests and humans, history of a renewed harmony

Olivier Rousselle Agro ParisTech University

This is a story that takes place in the French Alps and highlights the ties that have woven forests and humans for a century, along with the many services provided by forests. One century ago, in a desolate landscape… After the French Revolution, farming and industrialization led to massive deforestation in mountain areas. The Alps […] ...
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October 13, 2015

Calling all land managers, share your Sustainable Stories!

With the SDGs now decided, the world is begging the question: How can we create truly sustainable societies? The SDGs look at the root causes of poverty, hunger and injustice to create healthier and more secure livelihoods and environments for  people around the world. The vision for a world relieved of these issues can seem […] ...
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October 8, 2015

Is the French call for action on soil and climate a promising game changer?

Wanqing Zhou Worldwatch Institute

Editor’s Note: The following was originally published on the Worldwatch Institute blog on October 7th, 2015. It is reposted here with permission of the author.   We’re often told that agriculture is a “victim” of climate change and needs to adapt. But farmers, ranchers, and researchers increasingly recognize that industrial agriculture is itself a major emitter o ...
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October 6, 2015

The sleeping giant of the research-policy-action chain of development

Amanda Grossi School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

As 2015 comes to its conclusion, the world is engaged in a battle for sustainability, but what political headway is being made in the field? Editor’s Note: Steps Toward Green, recently published by EcoAgriculture Partners and the World Bank, discussed pathways for improving agri-environmental policy in East and Southeast Asia. Among the recommendations was for policymakers ...
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October 1, 2015

In City Farming, supporters ask the wrong question of a great solution

Anne Palmer Center for a Livable Future, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Every so often, I read a headline highlighting a study that proposes to prove cities are able to grow significant amounts of food. These studies claim that urban farming can provide for the food needs of an entire city. For you urban dwellers, spend a day or two writing down everything you eat and then […] ...
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