Tag Archives: East Africa

Victoria to Chilwa: Integrated Development Successes at the Lake Basin Scale

On February 10, 2014, the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program hosted an event on Integrated Development in Two African Lake Basins. Panelists reported on programmatic and project-level successes, showing the benefits of integrating population, health and the environment … 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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Mapping Essential Ecosystems in the Land of Rice

Last week, World Food Day emphasized ‘sustainable’ in agriculture and food systems. One interesting element of the day was how the discussion spread beyond the development community, in many cases demonstrating how necessary breaking down silos really is. Case in … Continue reading

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A Systems Perspective for Urban Agriculture: Food Security, Livelihoods, and Sustainable Environment

Mary Njenga, a researcher in urban agriculture and Nancy Karanja, Professor in Soil Ecology, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi, Kenya. Mary Njenga also works on biomass cooking energy at ICRAF, Nairobi. For the … Continue reading

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“Re-Greening” Landscapes for Food Security

Last week, Chris Reij, Sustainable Land Management Specialist and Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute (WRI), discussed the contribution of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration to both addressing concerns related to climate change and food security. Set in the context … Continue reading

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No Regrets: Adaptation Planning for Uncertainty

As discussed Wednesday on the Landscapes Blog, this week began with the observance of World Day to Combat Desertification and the announcement of the Land for Life Awards by the UNCCD. Water scarcity and drought of course have serious implications … Continue reading

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Maps for Innovation: Greening Agricultural Development in Mbeya

By Raffaela Kozar (EcoAgriculture Partners) and Louise Willemen (Cornell Ecoagriculture Working Group) In the southwest of Tanzania, the Mbeya region encompasses several important areas for biodiversity. The land has a variety of productive uses, including livestock production in the drylands, … Continue reading

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Landscape of the Week: Restoration for Climate Resilience in the Tigray Region

In the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, severe land degradation, population growth and immigration, and unsustainable agricultural practices and management have undermined food security and rural livelihoods. Increased and recurrent drought and unpredictable and variable rainfall since the 1970s have exacerbated these … Continue reading

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Landscape of the Week: Sasumua Watershed

A landscape for water, food and nature in the heart of Kenya… The Landscapes Blog travels to East Africa this week, as we hone in on water issues this August. Guest authors, Dr. John Gathenya, Climate Change Research Fellow at … Continue reading

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