The international consortium of agricultural research facilities – the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) – recently launched their newest research program on Water, Land and Ecosystems. CRP5, as it is known, is devoting an initial US$75 million to research on how agricultural intensification can go hand-in-hand with the protection of natural ecosystems. Three issues form the backbone of the new program: water scarcity, land degradation, and ecosystem services. Harnessing the strengths of the 14 CGIAR centers, the research program seeks to address these elements, while also looking at how to support people’s livelihoods and boost food production. Considering all of this, there are common themes (and partners) between CRP5 and the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, and great potential to realize the synergies in the research and outreach of the two.
About the Landscapes BlogThe Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is an international collaborative effort to support and scale-up the practice of whole landscape approaches to address the full set of needs from the rural land base – from sustainable, climate-resilient food and fiber production to biodiversity conservation to rural livelihoods. As part of this Initiative, the Landscapes Blog serves as a venue to learn about, share, and discuss topics related to landscape approaches. It seeks to engage leaders in the field, highlight research, present examples of landscape approaches in practice, and contribute to the discussions during major international events and policy processes.