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Partnership and Knowledge Exchange in Smallholder Dairying Systems

By Cath Milne and Mizeck Chagunda, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) Dairy Research and Innovation Centre In 2008, three major entities forged a partnership to strengthen the industrial fabric of smallholder dairy development in Malawi. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security’s … Continue reading

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What Influences Farmers’ Land Management Practices to Combat Land Degradation?

By Taryn M. Kong, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona Livestock farmers’ land management practices affect the health and integrity of the landscape, and poor management—such as overgrazing—is often attributed as a cause of land degradation. … Continue reading

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National Policy for Climate-Smart Agriculture: Lessons from Brazil, Ethiopia & New Zealand

Agriculture, especially large-scale industrial agriculture, is often criticized for its major environmental impacts and general disregard for ecological health. That’s where climate-smart agriculture, or CSA, comes in. CSA seeks to increase production and livelihoods while decreasing environmental impacts and building … Continue reading

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Scientists Demonstrate Tools for Integrated Landscape Management

By Isaiah Esipisu, freelance journalist specializing in agriculture and climate change reporting Scientists, policy experts, landscape and agroforestry experts at the Landscape for People, Food and Nature in Africa Conference had an opportunity to learn about more than 20 tools submitted … Continue reading

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Landscape Capacity Building in Africa: How to Ensure Ownership, Equality and Change

By Cora van Oosten, Wageningen University and Louise Buck, EcoAgriculture Partners and Cornell University Working from a landscape perspective means to be able to “see the bigger picture.” Besides having technical know-how, one needs to understand spatial processes, work in … Continue reading

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Life Isn’t Always Easy in the Islands: A Closer Look at World Environment Day

By Eva Fillion, EcoAgriculture Partners You can tell that World Environment Day is taken seriously when it is celebrated for an entire week. This year’s theme, Raise Your Voice, Not The Sea Level, is focused on the adaptations and resilience … 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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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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A Sustainable Development Goal for Agriculture

As the date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) nears, with 2015 in rapid approach, discussion around a new set of ‘Sustainable Development Goals‘ (SDGs) has been building. Where the MDGs set forward specific targets for hunger, health, environment, … Continue reading

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A New Paradigm: Biodiversity as the Foundation of Agriculture

At the end of July, Bioversity International and 16 other leading organizations in agriculture, development, and conservation launched a global partnership to strengthen the connections between biodiversity and agricultural production and to shape the impending Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative builds on Bioversity’s focus … Continue reading

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