Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog

Improved natural resource management for livelihoods, food security and the natural environment


The siting tool is being used to guide land use planning in oil palm - forest landscapes

Balancing competing land use goals

Large scale agricultural expansion is a controversial topic in current development debates. Investments in land for agricultural production can potentially bring important economic and social benefits. Yet, increasing the agricultural areal often happens at the expense of forests, resulting in biodiversity losses and greenhouse gas emissions.

Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

Calling an end to the search for ‘big ideas’

I am a journalist. I flit in and out of places. But I have spoken to enough people at the receiving end of aid to know that what they crave is engagement, time, consistency and above all people who listen and act on what they are told. Not much aid work these days looks like that.

Participant collaboration was central to the writeshop process. Photo: Martina Mascarenhas/WLE

Working backwards to move forward

The WLE Focal Region Writeshop process was distinctive in that it turned the focus on identifying research outcomes as the basis for designing research. In each writeshop we challenged researchers to think beyond traditional research approaches. Instead of starting with a research output at they assumed would be useful in the region, we reversed the process.