Stories we loved the week of July 31, 2016:
Ethiopian Landscape Restoration Revives Livelihoods– The Guardian
Ethiopian migration from rural areas suffering from landscape degradation due to deforestation and erosion has been slowed by restoration efforts that provide new livelihood opportunities for local farmers. Improved landscape management through agronomic practices, water and other resource management strategies, tree planting, and soil health efforts has contributed to this trend and allowed young people to engage in agricultural career paths that would not have been possible previously.
“Recently, the Montpellier Panel, a team of African and European experts in agriculture, trade, ecology, and global development, released a report titled, “Set for Success: Climate-Proofing the Malabo Declaration.” The report reviews the climate-related targets of the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods, a set of agricultural goals adopted at the African Union Summit in 2014. Panelists urge African governments to better address climate change challenges by increasing support for smallholder farmers and scaling up innovative programs.”
“Hunger and undernutrition are chronic problems in many countries, and climate change threatens to make them worse. But governments, private companies, and international organizations can make rapid progress fixing them by working closely together, participants at a recent IFPRI-organized panel at the European Development Days (EDD) conference in Brussels agreed.”
Featured image: “Tigray Morning, Ethiopia” by Rod Waddington, on Wikimedia Commons.