Lack of available water in the West Bank and Gaza Strip threatens the livelihoods of thousands of families dependent upon agriculture for their livelihoods. FAO finds rehabilitation of cisterns to be one cost effective method to improve access to water.
If you drink a glass of water in Mexico City, you should know that its journey probably began in the watershed of the Amanalco Valle Bravo Basin. Sixty percent of the land that supports this water supply is owned by communities and cooperatives of family farmers. Sustainable land management is critical to protect this vital water supply.
What makes a research model useful? In research for development, it must have a practical application and be grounded in reality. When used to assess trade-offs, model inputs must reflect people because they are the main drivers of change within systems.
In India, millions of the poorest and vulnerable people make their living on common land. But nearly one-third of land in India is degraded and common lands face many pressures including: loss of ground cover, falling water tables and declining soil fertility.
At the landscape scale, governance, ownership and ecology are inseparable. But, even with the best will in the world, making that compatible with the investment strategies of rich people in faraway places looks hard.
If business as usual continues, by 2030 almost half the world’s population will experience water scarcity. But this is entirely avoidable with the adoption of appropriate technology and practices. How can the post-2015 development agenda utilize these solutions and achieve them at scale to avoid unnecessary gaps in water availability?
Participants at the Global Landscapes Forum discussed ways to make “climate-smart” agricultural development more attractive to investors and policy makers – highlighting an example of IWMI research influencing investors in Nepal.
Climate diplomats half way through two weeks of deliberations aimed at delivering a new global treaty to tackle climate change, have reportedly simply walked away from the farming challenge.
Engaging female farmers in Nepal is an increasingly important component of climate change adaptation strategies, highlights new IWMI book, Tackling Change, on climate change adaptation and agricultural water management.
A couple of years ago, Oxfam claimed that an area of agricultural land in developing countries almost the size of Western Europe had in recent years been taken over the foreign investors. A new report says a majority of the biggest “land grabs” never got beyond the planning stage. Is the great land rush over?
International targets have been set for forest landscape restoration like the Bonn Challenge that aims to restore 150 hectares of lost forest and degraded land by 2020. But, how are these global targets going to be translated into tangible action on the ground?
Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration has made a tremendous impact across swaths of West and East Africa where trees had been cleared for agriculture. Now through proper pruning and protection, these trees could grow back, and in turn support entire ecosystem and increase food production.
Achieving food security in the context of Africa is unimaginable without climate change adaptation and practices that support food production while enhancing the ecosystem services and biodiversity that underpin agricultural productivity.
Knowing that landscapes are used by different people for different purposes is one step in deciding how to design more effective and equitable interventions. But paying attention to gender and social differences when designing landscape-scale approaches is not the same as achieving gender equity.
How can development and poverty-alleviation focused investments be shaped to sustain landscapes and livelihoods to achieve the SDG’s? Find out at WLE and CIAT hosted session during the Global Landscapes Forum where researchers and investors are brought together to discuss.
In China, increased pressure from human and livestock populations has resulted in 90% of the pastoral land being classified as degraded to some degree, especially in the more arid regions where ecosystems are the most fragile.