One of the highlights of this year's Global Landscapes Forum in Paris was the Dragons Den session, hosted by the Youth in Landscapes Initiative. Eavesdropping from the workshop to the final pitches was Andrew Johnstone.
Recent experience across the developing world leaves no doubt that secure land rights for women is a fundamental requirement for ensuring that land management is sustainable and equitable. Plenty of evidence shows that, with secure rights, women are more likely to plant trees and take other actions that enhance ecosystems.
Most people working in sustainable development are familiar with the ‘tragedy of the commons’ referring to when a group of individuals, all acting independently to deplete common resources, in this case degrading landscapes. But what if someone told you that the real tragedy was that these land has to be either taken over by the state or privatized in order to be sustainable?
What is the future for Indonesia and its landscapes? The country is at an extraordinary moment. Under the new populist government of Joko Widodo, huge areas of the country’s state lands may change hands in the next few years.
Fifty young innovators had four days to come up with solutions to some of today’s biggest landscape challenges. As if that wasn’t enough, they then had to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. In front of an audience of over 200 conference participants.
For over 40 years as an international soil scientist, I have been hearing more and more what I call “The Soil Scientists’ Lament” – the cry that “soils are neglected”, “soils are under-valued”, “inaction on soil degradation is costing hundreds of billions of dollars per year”, “but those who make public policy are not listening to us”.
When women are empowered to do their research on land tenure, their voices in the community are strengthened. But people living in vulnerable situations are rarely considered as active partners in data collection and analysis.
Why are many apparently simple, technical solutions to agricultural problems not widely adopted? Why don't people change their behaviour when provided with information that ought to be useful? In this episode of the Thrive podcast, Katherine Snyder from CIAT, shares her views on silver bullet solutions to dilemmas in agricultural development.
When talking about how to practically secure women’s property rights, it is important to be attuned to context: Which property? Which rights? Which barriers? To fully assess security, it is important to assess women’s rights across five dimensions: legitimacy, resiliency, durability, enforceability, and independence.