Blog for People, Food and Nature

January 24, 2020

Unlocking finance to bolster investments for landscape resilience in Africa: Insights and innovations from the African Landscapes Dialogue

Mao Amis African Centre for a Green Economy Sara Scherr

This blog is the second in the post-African Landscapes Dialogue blog series, highlighting the Thematic Discussions that took place. For the other blogs, please see here. Challenges and opportunities for sustainable landscapes in Africa Mt Kilimanjaro is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and biodiverse features in East Africa. Towering at a height of 5895m […] ...
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December 16, 2019

The African Landscapes Dialogue highlights the central role of Local Landscape Champions

This blog around the thematic discussion of Landscape Convening and Governance is the first one in a series addressing the different thematic discussions that took place during the African Landscapes Dialogue (ALD) in Arusha, Tanzania, last 9-12 November 2019. Imagine a small area of around 10 square kilometers. Now imagine all that lives, grows and […] ...
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November 12, 2019

The Importance of Dialogue and Innovative Partnerships

Yesterday, November 12th, Over 150 participants from 18 African countries have come together for the first day of the African Landscapes Dialogue – a gathering of Landscape Leaders from across Africa bound together by a shared vision and responsibility to problem solve collective problems facing the continent and the planet. Opening remarks were given by […] ...
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November 7, 2019

Strengthening grassroots capacity for locally-led landscape development in Africa

As national and international programs on sustainable land and water management, climate-smart agriculture and land restoration grow, it is critical to empower and ensure the participation of African landscape leaders in the decision-making and execution of these initiatives. A focus has to be put on sustainable and inclusive development at the local landscape level, integratin ...
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September 6, 2019

The African Landscapes Dialogue comes to Tanzania

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

We’re gathering landscape leaders from across Africa in Arusha, November 12-15, for peer-to-peer learning and agenda-setting from the grassroots. Dozens of partner organizations are nominating local partners from around the continent to join us in Arusha to strengthen local capacity for integrated landscape management for sustainable rural development in Africa. Meeting r ...
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March 30, 2017

The Grapes of Ziway: Business in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

Tuscany, Napa Valley, South Africa—you’re thinking of wine right? Well if you haven’t already, you should add one more region to that list: the Central Rift Valley, Ethiopia. Castel Winery is making a name for itself in the global wine industry and for more reasons than just the quality of its beverage. Situated on the […] ...
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March 21, 2017

African Landscapes Dialogue sparks advances in continental action plan

Melissa Thaxton EcoAgriculture Partners

The African Landscapes Action Plan provided the starting point for a highly enriching dialogue. July 2017 will mark the third anniversary of the adoption of the African Landscapes Action Plan (ALAP), a strategic roadmap for achieving sustainable landscape management in Africa. Developed in July 2014 at the “Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa” […] ...
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March 16, 2017

Policy as a magical black box

Jonathan Davies International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

“Sometimes policy is talked about as if it is a magical black box – you pour in evidence and a policy solution will emerge. This may partly reflect a wide range of different meanings of “policy” – from over-arching political commitments to legislation to public budgeting”, one of the participants of the discussion group on […] ...
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March 13, 2017

Highlights from the African Landscapes Dialogue

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

In this video from Change Magazine, you can see and hear the excitement and activity that made the African Landscapes Dialogue a success. Participants shared practical advice, brainstormed solutions to common challenges, and inspired one another in a variety of ways. As you can glimpse in this video, they were learning and sharing constantly, whether it […] ...
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March 10, 2017

Landscape leaders call for linking practice to policy

Chimere Diaw commands attention whenever he speaks. “Abako!” his voice booms over the crowded presentation hall. This initiates a Sudanese call-and-response to focus the audience’s attention. Infused with the energy he exudes, 140 conference participants stand up, answer back, and clap their hands in unison. A communal feeling fills the room as people look at […] ...
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