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.
While WLE researchers face a variety of challenges collecting data and meeting objectives across the Greater Mekong region, the stakes are arguably highest for the partners involved in the ‘Working together for a better Kachin landscape’ project in northern Myanmar. Here, armed conflict is still common and the threat of continued fighting makes the target of equitable development an imperative.
In 2015, China initiated the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism (LMC). One year later, at the 2016 Greater Mekong Forum, LMC insiders reflected on what the LMC has accomplished, and how to move beyond the political aspects of the mechanism to focus on water issues and environmental questions.
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.
If you want to get into science blogging but you're not sure where to start, this post can help you find a potential focus. Whether you're a researcher, a development professional or a farmer, you likely have something to contribute to Thrive.
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.
Building a dam can provide tremendous amounts of energy and desperately-needed water for agriculture; at the same time, dams have significant impacts on ecosystems and livelihoods. A new tool from SERVIR-Mekong can help decision-makers understand the impacts of dam construction.