Tag Archives: Intensification

Agroforestry Intensification: A Long-term Solution to Perennial Food Shortages in Africa

The United Nation’s International Day of Forests and the Tree brings attention to these aspects of our landscapes. Forests and trees fill many roles, ranging from cultural and spiritual importance to sustenance, livelihoods, watershed protection and important carbon sinks in the … Continue reading

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The Landscapes Blog’s Big Issues 2013

Happy New Year! With 2014 upon us, it’s a good time to review some of the big emerging or debated issues related to integrated landscape approaches the Landscapes Blog covered last year. Climate change was a pervasive theme on the Landscape … Continue reading

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A New Frame for Agricultural Intensification

Three strong perspectives characterized the Roundtable on the Landscapes Blog, and challenged readers to rethink the frame in which sustainable intensification is set. Professor Joern Fischer dispels notions of optimizing for one output, arguing that many traditional systems are efficient as … Continue reading

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Sows and Soil: Building a Sustainable and Profitable Farm

By Harry Stoddart, Stoddart Family Farm, Ontario, Canada The System of Rice Intensification drew last week to a close, but we continue discussing the challenges and means by which to increase productivity of land while balancing ecological and social needs. … Continue reading

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What Does ‘Intensification’ of Agricultural Production Look Like at Landscape Scale?

By Norman Uphoff, SRI-Rice, Cornell University Wednesday’s post from Professor Joern Fischer provided some background on agricultural intensification, benefits and pitfalls, and a movement toward “sustainability.” In particular, he noted how landscape scale adds complexity to intensifying practices, but also … Continue reading

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From Farm to Landscape: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Intensification

By Professor Joern Fischer, The Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University Lueneburg Today’s guest author kicks off this month’s Landscapes Roundtable series with a discussion of key considerations on the topic of sustainable intensification. Although his background is in landscape … Continue reading

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Intensifying Production: Reaping Multiple Benefits On and Beyond the Farm

Theoretical model of sustainable intensification With a growing population, and increasingly dwindling natural resources and degrading ecosystems, there is increasing attention devoted to producing adequate and nutritious food while simultaneously maintaining environmental integrity. Often referred to as sustainable intensification, this … 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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Food, Forests, and Landscapes: Integrating Agendas

Getting the forestry, agriculture, and food security people all in the same room and agreeing upon common goals and strategies is not a task to be taken lightly. Perceived trade-offs between each group’s various interests often deter working together, and … Continue reading

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Looking in the Right Places: Finding Opportunities that Increase Yields while Reducing Harm to Biodiversity

By Saul Cunningham, Team Leader for Biodiversity in Managed Landscapes, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia Following on the heels of International Day of Biological Diversity and the Chicago Council’s Global Food Security Symposium, today’s post marries the … Continue reading

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