What changes need to take place in order to make agriculture socially, economically and environmentally sustainable while also being productive? What role does research play in bringing about this transformational change?
Many large programs have failed to effectively clean this sacred but highly polluted river. One overlooked opportunity is to tackle septage and focal sludge pollution from smaller cities. WLE offers sustainable and cost-effective solutions.
People in poor, rural communities in the Sahel often have to make difficult decisions about how they use their limited land, financial and natural resources. Perhaps there is a better way to sustainably source livestock fodder from resilient ecosystems.
Resettlement schemes are meant to improve the lives of those who are resettled, but sometimes this change brings about livelihood problems for relocated villagers. Considering the gender dynamics of the groups being relocated may help.
There is certainly evidence to suggest that wetlands can help reduce the negative impact of some natural disasters. However, wetlands cannot be treated as a disaster mitigation cure-all: they should be considered as one piece of a context-specific puzzle.
China's Agriculture Investment Bank plans to inject USD $450 billion into agriculture over the next four years. If this colossal investment is put towards projects that rely on the current agroecological research, it could spur an environmentally sustainable future for Chinese farmers.
Laos’ rivers sustain millions of people as sources of food and water; they also provide some of Laos’ most popular tourist attractions. Policy makers in the Nam Xong river basin are getting a clearer understanding of how potential directions and decisions could affect the future of their region thanks to a modelling project sponsored by WLE.
Agriculture can be a means to landscape restoration, but this capability is often overlooked. A recent session at COP22 in Morocco begins to explore the ways that agricultural landscape restoration can play an integral role in mitigating climate change.
The intensification of agriculture has had devastating environmental consequences; however, as the earth's population increases, productivity must increase as well. As a recent WLE-funded paper argues, agroecological intensification (AEI) provides a promising way forward for both agricultural productivity and ecosystem health.