December 4, 2015

What We’re Reading: Climate Solutions, Global Agreements and the Future of Food

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Stories we loved this week:

Climate solutions can be found in landscapes

Global agreements can provide direction and harness policy action, however, holistic and locally aligned landscapes approaches provide a strong platform for a sustainable future that values local needs and diversity.


The future of food and farming are dependent upon refocused agreements at COP21

Paris climate agreements should support ambitious actions in the agricultural sector. Businesses, and civil society actors must adapt strategies that showcase climate smart solutions. Initiatives and partnerships that form targets to restore soils, support small farmers and develop local agriculture policies can play an important role in affecting national and international change.

Spread of fungal disease detrimental to the future of banana production

Scientists suspect “Tropical Race 4”, a strain of the Panama disease, will impact 40% of global banana production in the coming years. Most bananas are grown by small farming communities, making them disproportionately effected by the disease.


Revitalizing forest landscapes can curb climate change and build resilient communities

Sustainable land management protects both people and ecosystems. Investment in creative innovations that work to maintain healthy forest landscapes can strengthen local resilience in climate vulnerable communities.

World Bank Blog

“Seeds without borders”: Plant genetic resources help African farms adapt to climate change

Agricultural systems in East Africa face climate -related losses up to 40%, according to CGIAR study. Bioversity International brought together eleven country teams to discuss and encourage crop diversity and conservation efforts to better adapt to climate variability.

Bioversity International

Join us in Paris for the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum December 5-6. More information about speakers and the agenda can be found here.

Featured photo is sourced from the World Bank’s Flickr Account, taken by Maria Fleischmann of the World Bank.


The Editors would like to thank our fall intern Alexandra Kirton for her weekly contributions to this series. Her eye for a good story will be sorely missed as we head into 2016. Thanks Lexi!

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