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February 26, 2014

Kenyan Farmers’ Soil Carbon Sequestration Builds Resilience to Climate Change

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners John Recha Krista Heiner Amos Wekesa

In January 2014, farm households in Kisumu and Kitale, Kenya became the first Africans to earn carbon credits generated in part from soil carbon sequestration. Farmers in these western Kenyan communities are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate.  Significant changes are becoming more frequent, such as water scarcity, rainfall variability, emerging pests and [ ...
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February 17, 2014

Victoria to Chilwa: Integrated Development Successes at the Lake Basin Scale

Krista Heiner EcoAgriculture Partners Jes Walton

On February 10, 2014, the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program hosted an event on Integrated Development in Two African Lake Basins. Panelists reported on programmatic and project-level successes, showing the benefits of integrating population, health and the environment for sustainable development.  Lake basins are characterized by unique cultures, rich ...
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December 18, 2013

A Dialogue for Landscape Action in the Maasai Steppe

The Maasai Steppe Heartland is home to Maasai pastoralist communities, who raise cattle, sheep, and goats across some of northern Tanzania’s most important wildlife corridors. Encompassing both Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, the Maasai Steppe Heartland is home to numerous species of wild animals, including elephants, wildebeest, zebras, buffalo, giraffes, and Thom ...
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September 6, 2013

First Focal Landscape Dialogue Held in Lari-Kijabe Landscape in Kenya

Rachel Friedman University of Queensland

In September, LPFN kicked off a series of on the ground capacity-building and knowledge-sharing workshops, known as Focal Landscape Dialogues, in the Lari-Kijabe landscape in Kenya. These dialogues, to be held at all five of the current focal landscapes over the remainder of 2013, are an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to share the ongoing activities and innovations [&he ...
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August 2, 2013

A Systems Perspective for Urban Agriculture: Food Security, Livelihoods, and Sustainable Environment

Mary Njenga, University of Nairobi and World Agroforestry Centre Nancy Karanja, University of Nairobi

Editor’s note: For the past two weeks, experts have focused on urban food systems and the importance of urban production, city-regional planning, and the connections beyond city limits. Today, Mary Njenga and Nancy Karanja bring this discussion to the specific case of Nairobi, Kenya, where urban agricultural production is contributing to food security and livelihoods in ...
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April 29, 2013

C.A.F.E. Ole: Starbucks and Sustainable Sourcing at the Landscape Level

Gabrielle Kissinger Lexeme Consulting Rachel Friedman

Editor’s note: The following is the last case study featured in the Landscapes Initiative’s Reducing Risk: Landscapes Approaches to Sustainable Sourcing report. These case studies are meant to demonstrate how a landscape approach can benefit businesses and supply chains by managing environmental and social risks at the landscape level. Even as Starbucks dominates the c ...
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December 17, 2012

Landscape of the Week: Climate Change and Kericho-Mau

Rachel Friedman University of Queensland

Striving for Climate-Smart in the Heart of Kenya’s Tea Landscape In the cool, fertile highlands of the Rift Valley Province in western Kenya, the landscape is dominated by tea. Kenya is the world’s third largest producer and the leading exporter of the caffeinated leaves, and the land around the township of Kericho and bordering the […] ...
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November 30, 2012

Landscape of the Week: Restoration for Climate Resilience in the Tigray Region

Raffaela Kozar EcoAgriculture Partners Rachel Friedman

In the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, severe land degradation, population growth and immigration, and unsustainable agricultural practices and management have undermined food security and rural livelihoods. Increased and recurrent drought and unpredictable and variable rainfall since the 1970s have exacerbated these problems. Climate change is multiplying the threats. The World Fo ...
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May 14, 2012

Landscape of the Week: Humbo, Ethiopia

Tony Rinaudo, World Vision

Regreening initiatives are striving to combat or even reverse land degradation in the arid Sahelian region of Africa. This tactic is reaching significant scale, with benefits not only to the environment, but also for agricultural production and the livelihoods of rural people. Tony Rinaudo, World Vision’s natural resource management advisor in Australia, and wife Liz [&hellip ...
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