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Financing Strategies for Integrated Landscape Investment: Innovative Successes from Africa

By Elise Ursin and Seth Shames, EcoAgriculture Partners Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) is increasingly becoming an important framework for addressing complex and interlinked agricultural and environmental issues and is garnering increased attention throughout Africa. It offers innovative strategies to promote … Continue reading

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Unlocking the Potential of Integrated Landscape Management for Business in Africa

By Lee Gross, EcoAgriculture Partners With approximately 60% of the world’s remaining arable land, Africa is poised to achieve significant economic growth through agricultural development and other rural land uses.  It has been estimated that between 2008-2020, consumer products, natural … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Majority? – Peruvian Smallholders at the Farm-Forest Interface

By Mary Menton and Peter Cronkleton, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Read the post in Spanish on CIFOR’s blog here. Para Español, lea aquí: ¿La Mayoría Olvidada? Los Pequeños Agricultores Peruanos en la Interfaz Agricultura–Bosque. In recent decades, Peru has … Continue reading

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Moving Away From Win-Wins and Towards Sustainable Solutions in Palm Oil

Kedar Mankad, EcoAgriculture Partners It seems that a week doesn’t pass these days without a new editorial on palm oil. Sometimes they highlight the bad, other times they highlight the good. When speaking of solutions, the dialogue on both sides inexorably … Continue reading

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Why Commitments Are Not Enough – The Case of Sustainable Cocoa

By Kedar Mankad, EcoAgriculture Partners The 25th World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting, and the 6th Indonesian International Cocoa Conference wrap up today in Bali, Indonesia. These meetings marked an important moment for the cocoa industry. Unlike other major commodity sectors, … Continue reading

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Resilience: Are We Just Buying Time?

It’s time to ask hard questions as we lead up to the 2014 International Science and Policy Conference on the resilience of social and ecological systems. Just as this event calls on us to mobilize for transformation of development to … Continue reading

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What is the Potential for Responsible Soy Production?

By Kedar Mankad, EcoAgriculture Partners This year’s 9th annual Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) conference (May 7th-8th) took place at a critically important time for the industry. With relatively high prices, increasing overall demand from China, and another year of drought … Continue reading

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Transforming Commodity Markets for Conservation at the Landscape-Level

By: Kedar Mankad, EcoAgriculture Partners The environmental impacts of commodities have been a hot topic lately, from haze in Indonesia, carbon emissions from Brazil, and environmental degradation and poverty in Cote d’Ivoire. What do these stories have in common? They … Continue reading

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Social and Environmental Factors in Finance: Looking at the Bottom Line

Today author Jesse Last of Root Capital, a social investment fund that provides credit and financial training to agricultural enterprises in Africa and Latin America, discusses how Root Capital integrates social and environmental factors into credit decisions. The organization supports businesses that are … Continue reading

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Designing Standards for Impacts at Scale

By Bambi Semroc, Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), Conservation International Several posts in this Landscapes Roundtable have said sustainability standards may play an important role in shifting the way in which agricultural landscapes are managed. While great strides have … Continue reading

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