Author Archives: Matt Zonis

When New Age Technology Meets Old World Farming: ICT in Action

The 21st century has brought countless examples of technological innovations that have changed the way we interact with the world. Great strides over the past decade in both the access to and development of information and communication technology (ICT) – … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Now on Tap: How SABMiller is Brewing a Better Future in Bogota

Today marks the launch of the Landscapes Initiative’s “Reducing Risk: Landscapes Approaches to Sustainable Sourcing” report. The report aims to demonstrate how a landscape approach can benefit businesses and supply chains by mitigating risks. Best practices are highlighted in three case … Continue reading

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Olam International and the Triple Bottom Line in Action

While environmental externalities have traditionally been ignored by the business community, for agribusiness in particular, natural feedback loops have started to turn these nuisances into actual line item expenses. In our upcoming report Reducing Risk: A Landscape Approach to Sustainable … Continue reading

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Money Does Grow on Trees: Why Sustainability is Good for Business

In an increasingly globalized environment, the impact that worldwide trends have on businesses has never been greater. Over the past decade, rising prices for land and energy  have cut into businesses’ bottom-line, making current business procedures unsustainable for the long term. … Continue reading

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The Ways and Means of Expanding Agroforestry

When looking at the mosaic of land uses, agroforestry systems are one of the most important means of harmonizing environmental protection and agricultural growth. Though most commonly known for its use in “forest farming”, other means of agroforestry such as … Continue reading

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Maathai and Beyond: Highlighting the Importance of Women in Landscape Management

“If you destroy the forest then the river will stop flowing, the rains will become irregular, the crops will fail and you will die of hunger and starvation.” - Professor Wangari Maathai This vision of people and nature intertwined underpins the … Continue reading

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It’s Wild! Taking a Market Approach to Land Management

This week, the Landscapes Blog explored market approaches to promote integrated landscape management. Payment for ecosystem services and corporate commitments have served as ways to manage land and natural resources more sustainably. Today’s post looks at an example where the … Continue reading

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Buen Vivir: An Indigenous Approach To Modern Development

The first Indigenous Peoples Forum held at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) concluded yesterday, with goals of strengthening the participation of indigenous peoples in achieving poverty alleviation and sustainable development goals at local, national, and international levels. As this … Continue reading

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World Wide Wetlands: Making the Case for Landscape Management

World Wetlands Day was celebrated around the world this past Saturday. Started in 1997, the day is meant to both commemorate the February 2nd 1971 signing of the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization … Continue reading

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