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March 3, 2017

The power of good policy to scale sustainable landscapes

Sara Scherr EcoAgriculture Partners

A decade ago, few national or even local governments anywhere in the world had a coherent set of public policies supporting multi-stakeholder initiatives for sustainable landscapes. In fact, landscape leaders often highlighted problematic policies as a major constraint. A study, Steps Toward Green, that EcoAgriculture organized with the World Bank in 2015 in east and […] ...
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January 3, 2017

My New Year’s Resolution: Inspire and empower the next wave of Landscape Champions

Sara Scherr EcoAgriculture Partners

When I look back on 2016 from the lens of sustainable landscapes, I see a remarkable transition underway. Big institutions in government, business, and finance have begun making serious efforts to grapple with the challenge of integrated landscape management at scale. They are recognizing the critical importance of addressing resource challenges—of degradation, conflict, acc ...
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December 8, 2016

Could the World Economic Forum finally take Integrated Landscape Management mainstream?

Sara Scherr EcoAgriculture Partners

I recently spent two days in Amsterdam at the World Economic Forum’s “New Vision for Agriculture” Transformation Leaders’ Workshop, and came away thinking that perhaps the time for mainstreaming integrated landscape management (ILM) had arrived. ...
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November 22, 2016

Election reflections: Using tools of collaborative landscape management to bridge the rural-urban divide

Sara Scherr EcoAgriculture Partners

Communities that are empowered to create and implement a vision for their own future are naturally skeptical of politicians who claim 'I alone can fix it.' ...
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October 20, 2016

Transforming Agriculture from Threat to Solution for Environmental Challenges

Sara Scherr EcoAgriculture Partners

The past year has seen a remarkable evolution of the discourse on agricultural development around the world. From the sharp focus on increasing production and yields that dominated after the 2008 food price crisis, the narrative expanded after Rio+20 to ‘sustainable intensification’—how these yields could be achieved without undue environmental cost. Now discussions ar ...
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August 10, 2016

Climate action through agricultural landscape management

Sara Scherr EcoAgriculture Partners

Climate change is one of the most powerful forces affecting agricultural landscapes today and will only be more so in the future. Changes in temperatures, precipitation and extreme weather events like floods and droughts affect crop productivity, livestock health, pest and disease incidence and generally increases farming risks. A new study in Global Food Security finds globa ...
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June 27, 2016

Sara Shares: In response to The Economist’s “Feeding the Ten Billion”

Sara Scherr EcoAgriculture Partners

Future food security will not be achieved simply with shiny new toys. This is the letter I sent in response to The Economist‘s editorial “Feeding the Ten Billion” that appeared in its June 13, 2016 issue and the special Technology Quarterly on Agriculture published June 11. They declined to publish it. Dear Editor, The June 11th article “Feeding the ...
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June 14, 2016

Uncovering unspoken assumptions about businesses in landscape partnerships

Sara Scherr EcoAgriculture Partners

Landscape resources and management are profoundly influenced by actors in agricultural supply chains. Yet surveys of integrated landscape initiatives around the world indicate that only about a fifth of them include private business stakeholders. On May 31-June 2, EcoAgriculture, with the SAI Platform, IUCN and Sustainable Food Lab, convened a workshop at the Rockefeller Founda ...
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April 5, 2016

Multi-stakeholder Landscape Platforms: What actually happens there?

Sara Scherr EcoAgriculture Partners

The first ‘element’ in integrated landscape management laid out in the Little Sustainable Landscapes Book is ‘establishing a multi-stakeholder platform’. There has been a lot of discussion about how to organize and convene these platforms: how to make sure the right people are involved so that decisions will be considered legitimate and be impactful. But […] ...
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March 10, 2016

Leading integrated landscape partnerships

Sara Scherr EcoAgriculture Partners

The rapid rise of interest and action in integrated landscape management in the last few years has exceeded anything I had anticipated. While the environmental community was earliest to recognize the necessity of coordinating strategies with other sectors, the agribusiness and food sectors are rapidly innovating towards landscape partnerships; farmer organizations are beginning ...
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