Blog for People, Food and Nature

July 11, 2018

Addressing large-scale high-input challenges through working with nature

The “worm is turning” as operators look to regenerative agriculture to confront a perfect storm of challenges. Many regions look to North America as the example for successful high-volume production models. In this changing world agriculture is progressively seeing the value for whole systems accounting and the 3 pillars for sustainability; people, planet and profits. [&hel ...
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December 22, 2016

More than just a recipe

Ricci Symons, IFAD

This post originally appeared on the IFAD Social Reporting blog in October. We are re-publishing it here as part of our “Best of 2016 from LPFN partners” series. I have just returned from Mozambique where I was lucky enough to see the latest in IFAD’s cooking and climate series, Recipes for Change, being filmed. The newest recipe, Caldeirada De Cabrito […] ...
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September 21, 2016

Equator Initiative shares local voices for climate action

New video series raises awareness of indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ solutions to global problems, especially climate change. The series, produced by the Equator Initiative, debuted this week while global leaders attend “Climate Week” events in New York City while gathered for the 2016 United Nations General Assembly. Climate Week is a high-profile gather ...
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February 10, 2016

In Burundi, seeing the writing in the hillsides means working with farmers

Sara Delaney, Episcopal Relief & Development Leonidas Niyongabo, Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi Community Development Program

In Burundi, a large community of farmers represents a pool of knowledge that is constantly growing. Research institutions explore different approaches to tapping into this knowledge base and linking their work with observational data from farmers. Farmers in Burundi have a high stake in the viability of seasonal harvests, as they depend on the harvest to […] ...
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February 9, 2016

A Big Network in a Small Country – cooperation between research, church and farmers in Burundi

Sara Delaney, Episcopal Relief & Development Leonidas Niyongabo, Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi Community Development Program

Wedged between the hills and valleys of Rwanda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the great Lake Tanganyika, is the small country of Burundi. The density of people in this East African nation is a close second in Africa only to Rwanda, its neighboring country. While its size can be a challenge, it can […] ...
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January 18, 2016

Trendy and sustainable, quinoa and chia research in Egypt

Christine Arlt SEKEM Initiative

Chia and quinoa seem to be predestined for Egypt. Chia and quinoa are dry and salt-tolerant crops. Both of them have a great potential to improve food security in regions that do not have enough water resources. “In march 2015 I visited the SEKEM Initiative Farm for the first time and gained awareness of the huge challenges […] ...
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January 16, 2016

CAMBiando cardamom and conservation in Guatemala

Lee Gross EcoAgriculture Partners

Heralded as the ‘place of many trees,’ Guatemala was my third stop in the evaluation of the biodiversity impacts of the CAMBio project in Central America. From dry pine-oak forest in the Western highlands to dense, moist rainforest in the Northern lowlands, the country accounts for a large expanse of Central America’s forest lands. In […] ...
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January 13, 2016

Palm Oil – the long road of the RSPO standard toward impact

Helga Rainer Arcus Foundation Denis Ruysschaert

Tropical forests are declining at about 1% a year, mainly due to industrial agricultural production. Sustainability standards have fallen short and need to engage local actors much more effectively to slow this deforestation. Editor’s Note: This article is based on a chapter of the new book State of the Apes: Industrial Agriculture and Ape Conservation, […] ...
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November 17, 2015

Type and send, WeFarm makes farming innovations available by free SMS

Kenny Ewan WeFarm

Mobile technology can promote sustainable agriculture initiatives across borders and landscapes. The earth provides the human race with everything it needs to survive. Soil gives nutrients that grow our food, forests create oxygen for us to breathe, and rain provides enough water for plants and people. Tragically, due to harsh climates and difficult farming conditions, [&hellip ...
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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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