February 21, 2017

New public policy guidelines support integrated efforts to achieve the SDGs

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners Krista Heiner Seth Shames

In the Central Valley of California, the land is sinking. You can see it clearly if you look at the concrete well pads in the corner of most of the agricultural fields in the valley: the pads are supported not by the ground, but by the iron pipes that pump the water that helps grow more than half of the United States’ fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. ...
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October 16, 2016

How food and agriculture are changing in a climate change world

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

October 16th is World Food Day. This year’s theme is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” Agriculture is already changing dramatically under climate change, whether we like it or not. Crops and crop varieties that once grew well in certain areas can no longer stand the heat or drought, and increasingly severe floods are washing away whole ...
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July 21, 2016

Linking landscapes to UN processes and the SDGs at the High-Level Political Forum

Catherine Rothacker EcoAgriculture Partners

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the first High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) convened by the United Nations since member states agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015. Because I had never attended a UN event before, successfully navigating the HLPF initially seemed like a daunting endeavor — a whirlwind of [&hellip ...
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May 18, 2016

Integrating Food into Urban Planning: an opportunity in the New Urban Agenda

Thomas Forster The New School

Habitat III, coming as it is during the long exhale following the sustainable development and climate agreements of 2015, has been largely overlooked by the media and the public. This is a mistake. Already more than half of humanity lives in cities, with the number of urbanites set to double by 2050. The UN Habitat […] ...
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May 3, 2016

Food Flows and the Integrated Landscape Approach

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

Integrated planning for sustainable development gets more complicated as you move toward population centers, but it also gets more critical. Last year at the 12th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Degradation, I heard a number of examples, especially during a series of side events held in the Rio Conventions Pavilion, o ...
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April 6, 2016

On Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships at the UN ECOSOC Partnership Forum

Melissa Thaxton EcoAgriculture Partners

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative raises its voice at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Partnership Forum, 31 March 2016. Last week I attended the UN ECOSOC Partnership Forum — organized around the theme “From commitments to results: Leveraging partnerships for the 2030 Agenda” — on behalf of the Landscapes for [&hellip ...
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March 24, 2016

On conservation in Peruvian highlands, a conversation with Lindsey Hethcote

Lucila Fernandez EcoAgriculture Partners Lindsey Hethcote

Since interning with EcoAgriculture Partners, Lindsey Hethcote has been busy helping Peruvian farmers adapt to climate change. High in the Andes Mountains of Peru, farmers have been growing a diverse range of quinoa varieties for thousands of years. For the first time, quinoa has a value in the international market, but this is driving farmers […] ...
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March 22, 2016

Together is better for forest and water management

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

Without water, of course, there are no forests. But have you ever thought about how, without forests, there is no water? Deep in the forest on the slopes of the Aberdare mountains in Kenya, elephants and leopards roam, bushbucks and giant forest hogs hide in the dappled light, endemic butterflies flit between bushes, and the rare African golden cat hunts […] ...
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February 10, 2016

Food Politics at Play: the Case of Tall Chief

Aiden Irish EcoAgriculture Partners

Most lists of the hot-button political issues of the day do not include food. Contrasted with Machiavellian political maneuverings, food seems to be the antithesis. Wars have ended over the proverbial breaking of bread. Yet, before you savor that heartwarming image, imagine the groups that are involved in food. Many stakeholders, many viewpoints It is […] ...
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January 21, 2016

Early Tremors of an Agricultural Shift

Aiden Irish EcoAgriculture Partners

From Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica, the first permanent human settlements –predecessors to modern cities – developed because of the agriculture around them. However, this relationship has been, until recently, underrepresented in development policy. Omitting agriculture planning from urban development is a potentially destabilizing oversight. As cities deal with increasing urb ...
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