Voices from the Field

The Voices from the Field series presents stories and perspectives of people actively engaged in whole landscape approaches, from the field to the policy level. These guest blog writers are drawn from farmer associations, governmental agencies, development organizations, and others working to make widespread integrated landscape management a reality on-the-ground. One of the goals of this series is to stir-up discussion, and to provoke deeper thought around the topics of the Initiative.

Sago-based Agriculture and the Forest Dominated Rural Landscape

Sago palm groves are cultivated in swamps and alongside streams. When a mature sago palm is felled for starch extraction – which can provide sustenance for a family for several months – new suckers grow from the stump or root. … Continue reading

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Ecoagriculture Partners with Protected Areas in Thailand

By Jeffrey A. McNeely Having retired from IUCN in Switzerland and moved back to Thailand (where I started my international conservation work as a Peace Corps Volunteer back in 1968), I found a challenging position: technical advisor to the Department … Continue reading

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How Does Restoration Influence Reptiles, Beetles and Landholder Decisions?

By Sacha Jellinek, University of Melbourne’s Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions Agricultural landscapes in south-eastern Australia are largely cleared of native vegetation, with whatever remains surviving in small, isolated remnants surrounded by a sea of livestock grazing and/or industrial cropping. … Continue reading

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Pollinator Diversity Matters!

By Lucas A. Garibaldi, Universidad Nacional de Río Negro Wild pollination is an ecosystem service that provides innumerable benefits to our world’s agricultural systems including soil erosion mitigation and pest control for ensuring strong yields and food security worldwide. With … Continue reading

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The Pablo Standard: Encouraging Place-based Agroecology in El Salvador

By Abigail Hart, Project Manager, EcoAgriculture Partners (Translation by Jilka Paz, EcoAgriculture Partners) English Español Just northeast of San Salvador, the Cinquera municipality covers the hillside alongside El Salvador’s largest body of fresh water, the Cerrón Grande reservoir (known locally … Continue reading

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B-ADAPT: Adapting to Climate Change with a Landscape Approach

By Gabriel Sarasin (Project Manager B-ADAPT, African Model Forest Network), Marie-Eve Landry (Program Development and Innovation Agent, Cuso International), Mariam Faye (Project Management Assistant, Cuso International) Community focused management of reforestation and restoration efforts concluded last week’s blog posts. Our … Continue reading

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Participatory Action Research for Smallholder Carbon Projects

By Quinn Bernier, International Food Policy Research Institute  Getting the details of agricultural carbon projects right requires paying close attention to local institutions. These entities – including community groups, local NGOs and local governments – are  pivotal in encouraging the … Continue reading

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A Dialogue for Landscape Action in the Maasai Steppe

By Chris Planicka, EcoAgriculture Partners The Maasai Steppe Heartland is home to Maasai pastoralist communities, who raise cattle, sheep, and goats across some of northern Tanzania’s most important wildlife corridors. Encompassing both Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, the Maasai … Continue reading

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Pathways to Collaborative Action: Transforming Agricultural, Land, and Food Systems

By Fiona McKenzie, Australian Futures Project and University of Sydney, Australia After a month of exploring climate change and all its facets in relation to agriculture and land use, it’s clear that the challenges are great but so is the … Continue reading

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Rice, Rain, and Harvests: How Vision and Collaboration Can Put Climate Adaptation into Action

By Jessica Thorn, Biodiversity Institute in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford As the two-week UNFCCC 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) concluded last week, it’s appropriate to turn our attention to future challenges that climate change will present … Continue reading

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