Stories we loved the week of June 19, 2016:
Speakers and participants at the “Global Landscape Forum – the Investment Case” event highlighted the challenges and opportunities for increasing global investment in landscape restoration and conservation, a need estimated at levels 20-30 times greater than what they are today. Noted barriers included gaps in policy frameworks, limited land rights and tenure, and uncertain risks, whereas potential solutions might include multi-stakeholder partnerships and multi-sector funds.
Keys to Success for African Land and Water Management – World Agroforestry Centre
“At present, large expanses of land in rural Africa are degraded as a result of over extraction of trees for timber, firewood and charcoal….Soils in degraded landscapes erode and lose their biodiversity and fertility, and the hydrologic functions of surrounding watersheds are diminished, leading to loss of water quantity and quality; land and water management, after all, are two sides of the same coin. A side event convened by the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) at the seventh Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW7) sought to share knowledge on how to better manage the continent’s water and land resources, as a means to support higher and more sustainable agricultural productivity and better livelihoods for people.”
Since 2008, the World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative has worked to help smallholders link to value chains and become more resilient amid shifting economic, social, and environmental forces. Bing Zhao, director and global coordinator of P4P, identifies three key lessons from the project, including the need for improved methods for measuring impact on the ground, that farmers’ organizations can help boost social and human capital, and that stable demand can advance sustainable changes.
Featured image: “A Kenyan farmer at work in the Mount Kenya Region” by Neil Palmer/CIAT, on Wikimedia.