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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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Malagasy Smallholders: Coping Mechanisms & Adaptation Strategies

The 38th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met from March 25-29, 2014 to complete the Fifth Assessment Report on adaptation, vulnerability and climate change impacts. And, although this extensive report covers a range of topics and … 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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Spotting and Characterizing Smart Landscapes Managed by Smart Farmers

By Emmanuel Torquebiau, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) Multipurpose mosaic landscapes can simultaneously serve the objectives of biodiversity conservation and agricultural production. This beautiful vision is also a formidable challenge because conservation of natural resources has historically … Continue reading

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Policies for Nutrition-Sensitive Landscapes are Needed to Combat Hunger

The year 2013 saw record high numbers for agricultural production and more stable commodity prices than the previous several years, but findings from the International Food Policy Research Institute’s 2013 Global Food Policy Report suggest that the state of global … Continue reading

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Envisioning Ways Forward for the Ecosystem Services Debate

By Emma van der Zanden/Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam; Alexander van Oudenhoven/Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Wageningen University; Matthias Schröter/Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Wageningen University Ecosystem services are a contested but useful concept for highlighting the benefits that humans … 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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Now Providing Greater Accessibility to Landscape-Scale Climate Data

New data available on the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research program’s data portal allows for climate modeling at the regional and watershed level, where it previously had not been possible. This higher resolution data is useful for developing … Continue reading

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Zooming in on Tree Based Ecosystem Approaches

In November 2013, we introduced EcoAgriculture’s discussion paper: “Taking Tree Based Ecosystem Approaches to Scale: Evidence of drivers and impacts on food security, climate change resilience and carbon sequestration.” Now, during the 2014 World Congress on Agroforestry, we revisit the study by zooming … 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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