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October 30, 2015

What We’re Reading: Diplomatic Relations, Desert Power, and Dietary Diversity

The Editors EcoAgriculture Partners

Stories we loved this week: Agrobiodiversity workshops in Kenya create more nutritious and diverse diets Vihiga County, Kenya is overflowing in agricultural biodiversity. Narratives from workshop participants highlight the importance of maintaining local agriculture biodiversity to diversify their own diets and encourage nutritious diets to young children and community elders. ...
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October 30, 2015

On SDGs, time for integrated landscape community-of-practice to step up

Sara Scherr EcoAgriculture Partners

Sustainably managed landscapes will be key for SDG implementation. It is time for those steeped in the practice to step up and change the game. In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) universally applicable to all nations. This agreement marks a […] ...
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October 29, 2015

Resurrecting the regional in urban and regional planning

Aiden Irish EcoAgriculture Partners

Overcoming an urban fixation. In 2002, UN Secretary-General at the time, Kofi Annan, in a speech to the Moscow conference on urban development, stated that “the future of humanity lies in cities” and ten years later, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon echoed this statement. Doubtless cities are dominant components of the landscape. For instance, despite occupying only […] ...
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October 23, 2015

What We’re Reading: De-growth, Treeless Savannas, and a New Canadian Regime

The Editors EcoAgriculture Partners

Stories we loved this week: The development challenges to low-carbon growth Innovations in technology, while crucial to low-carbon growth, have limits. Finite natural resources mean that until individuals and governments take seriously reducing consumption, especially in the developed world, we will be heading toward an unsustainable future. Sci Dev Net South Asia Now running ...
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October 21, 2015

Fly Over a Honduran Smallholder Coffee Farm

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners Lee Gross

Senior Manager for Business and Biodiversity Lee Gross recently visited Honduran coffee farms to speak with smallholder farmers about the outcomes of a finance for conservation project. A preferential-finance and small grants program has helped Honduran coffee farmers survive a coffee rust disease outbreak that decimated coffee trees in the region. What impacts did it [… ...
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October 20, 2015

Tablet in Hand and Drone in the Sky, EcoAg Evaluates On-farm Conservation in Honduras

Lee Gross EcoAgriculture Partners

Ocotepeque, Honduras is not just a quaint, picturesque town in the foothills of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas. Tucked against the Salvadoran border and close to the border with Guatemala, Ocotepeque’s elevation and unique biogeography lends itself to a high diversity of tropical vegetation and wildlife and high-quality coffee production. Between the years of 2009-2014, th ...
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October 16, 2015

What We’re Reading: Imperfections, Desertification and Decentralization

The Editors EcoAgriculture Partners

Stories we loved this week: “Perfect” produce and the rise of food waste in Kenya Last year, 44.5% of food grown for European retailers from Kenya was wasted due to the inability to meet cosmetic food specification. Tumultuous regulations and the lack of  transparency in western markets decrease farmer’s selling power and contribute to substantial […] ...
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October 9, 2015

What We’re Reading: Soil Visions, Land Grabbing, and Strawberry Fields Forever

The Editors EcoAgriculture Partners

Stories we loved this week: Impact assessment helps rice farmers adapt to climate change in Vietnam Rising sea levels in the Mekong Delta have impacted the livelihoods of rice farmers. A climate adaptation assessment reveals new technologies that will improve food security, increase productivity and promote sustainability. Vietnam Breaking News France looks to soil as [… ...
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October 7, 2015

Presentation: “Financing Integrated Landscape Initiatives” at Artisans of the Grasslands

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

Where does finance for integrated landscape management need to go next to scale up solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda? EcoAgriculture Partners’ President Sara J. Scherr gave the presentation focusing on how finance for integrated landscape management is changing and where it needs to go to power up the shift to sustainable development and regenerativ ...
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October 2, 2015

What We’re Reading: Frayed Ecosystems, Planted Solutions, and Climate-proofing

The Editors EcoAgriculture Partners

Stories we loved this week: Fraying ecosystems the necessary target of action to achieve the SDGs With environment now at the heart of the newly-agreed 2030 Development Agenda, taking advantage of opportunities for landscape restoration is a pathway to success, argue Manish Bapna and Sean Dewitt of World Resources Institute. Huffington Post Bamboo offers a […] ...
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