Staying Current

It is important for the research, dialogue, and action on whole landscape approaches sit in the frame of larger discussions around agriculture, rural livelihoods, and sustainable development. Blog posts in any given week may report on relevant news, events, and publications that would be relevant to those involved or interested in the Landscapes Initiative. These supplementary posts provide a snapshot into the state of the field as a whole, including important international policy processes, and provide a context in which to place the Landscapes Initiative.

Why Palm Oil Isn’t the Enemy

This post was written by John Buchanan and originally published on Conservation International‘s blog, Human Nature. It is in response to the premiere episode of Showtime’s new documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously, which addressed the problems of palm oil agriculture … Continue reading

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The Farm Bill: Crossing the Rural-Urban Divide

This week, the World Urban Forum offers an opportunity to look at the ways in which challenges and opportunities in cities are linked to those in rural areas. National policy can address (or exacerbate) challenges across the rural-urban continuum. Today, … Continue reading

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CITYFOOD Network Provides Guidance for Designing and Implementing City Region Food Systems

By Marielle Dubbeling, RUAF Foundation and Monika Zimmermann, ICLEI The city regions approach to building resilient landscapes and food systems presents interesting policy and implementation challenges. And while an increasing number of cities and organizations in the Global North and … Continue reading

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Oxfam Highlights Critical Lessons Learned in IPCC Report

The latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change – the leading body for the assessment of global climate change – has gained a lot of attention for its strong language and concern about the future of food security … Continue reading

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Time is Now to Demand an Integrated Sustainable Development Agenda

The Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals’ tenth session opens today to deliberate and negotiate the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. It is not hyperbole to say that their recommendations to the UN General Assembly, set to be delivered … Continue reading

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A Shimmering Example of Watershed Management on World Water Day

Productive agricultural landscapes, healthy communities and resilient livelihoods are all dependent on the sound management of freshwater resources. 2014 World Water Day gives us the opportunity to recall that integrated watershed management is an important factor in realizing sustainable ecological … Continue reading

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Finding a Place for REDD+ in Sustainable Landscapes

The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) initiative has a potentially large role to play in international actions to combat climate change. Sustainable management of forests and forest carbon stocks does more than just preserve the world’s forests … Continue reading

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Policies for Nutrition-Sensitive Landscapes are Needed to Combat Hunger

The year 2013 saw record high numbers for agricultural production and more stable commodity prices than the previous several years, but findings from the International Food Policy Research Institute’s 2013 Global Food Policy Report suggest that the state of global … Continue reading

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Women as Stewards of Agricultural Landscapes

Women play a major role in the management of agricultural landscapes. In rural and agrarian communities, they grow the cereals that form the foundation of meals, manage nutrient rich home gardens and forage for wild fruits and medicine. Not only … Continue reading

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World Wildlife Day: The Importance of Biodiversity in Our Landscapes

Biodiversity comes in many forms across natural and agricultural landscapes – ranging from crops to pollinators, livestock and the wildlife that make up these complex ecosystems. World Wildlife Day reminds us of the important role of wild plants and animals … Continue reading

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