On a global scale, the EU's consumption of agricultural products is perhaps the single largest driver of deforestation. This may change, with the EU's new Action Plan on Deforestation, but whether or not this plan will protect the livelihoods of smallholder farmers remains to be seen.
December 18th was International Migrants Day. IWMI and WLE are working on migration issues in Asia and are holding a out-migration dialogue in China. Here is a photo story of male out-migration and the effects on agriculture.
Faced with the pressure of finding new ways to feed its massive population, China has decided invested $450 billion into farming. While the exact uses of this cash injection remain mysterious, the move represents a massive shift back towards domestic food production.
December 5th is World Soil Day. Rising temperatures are triggering carbon loss in areas with high carbon stocks. CIAT is looking at how to reverse this and how soils can even help sequester more carbon from the atmosphere.
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.
Currently, much of the mainstream media coverage, particularly when it comes to environmental issues limits itself to focusing on political rhetoric and disaster reportage while underlying structural changes taking place due to climate change and other factors, largely go ignored.
How many of us want to address gender in our work, but when it comes down to the specifics, aren’t quite sure how? Join the discussion- help us develop a series of collaborative questions to investigate gender in agricultural water management projects.
The evidence base is growing: strengthening women’s land rights contributes to women’s empowerment and household welfare. But it isn’t that simple - there are always vested interests to protect the status quo along with the additional issues of navigating gender norms. How can we improve women's land tenure? Join the discussion
The strain on agricultural resources will continue to rise in conjunction with food demand and population growth. Will sustainable intensification be the right answer we're looking for? Is it even feasible? Join the discussion.
New month-long online discussion begins: Large-scale land interventions are on the rise. Whether through restoration projects such as the new 20x20 initiative and the Bonn Challenge, or foreign direct investment in huge swaths of land, investors are seeing big opportunities in large land projects. But can they fulfil their promises?
In this episode of Thrive Podcast, filmmaker Doug Varchol asks a few of the over 3,000 attendees of the Global Landscapes Forum (a major parallel event of COP21) what they think about these newly minted SDGs and whether they have begun incorporating them into their work.
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.
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.
On this Thrive podcast, we discuss water rights with Tim Williams and Alan Nicol of IWMI. What are the consequences of leaving water out of large-scale land acquisition agreements? And what about another type of human right: the right to water for crops?
Hovering over almost all of the discussions at Stockholm World Water Week was the question of climate change, and one of the few aspects of climate change we can be absolutely certain about is that things are going to become more variable. Claudia Ringler and Jeremy Bird join us on this episode of Thrive Podcast.