A consensus is emerging that many of our production systems for food, forest and wetland products are unsustainable–for people, for long-term food and fiber supply and for nature. Yet from sustainable fish farming in Spain to rice intensification systems in Sri Lanka, people are working together in their landscapes to find better ways to meet our current and future demands for food and fiber while also protecting nature’s services and local livelihoods. Farmers, policymakers, food companies, conservation agencies and grassroots organizations in all parts of the world are generating innovations to meet the challenge, though today these approaches are being practiced on a limited scale. Since, over two-thirds of the world’s land area is shaped by cropland, planted pastures, or other agricultural practices, it is critical to scale up such integrated systems to combat both hunger and environmental degradation.
In an effort to strengthen such approaches, the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research is a proud partner of the international Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative. This three year collaborative Initiative aims to scale up successful strategies that simultaneously improve livelihoods, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services, and feed the world while helping to address climate change. This integrated approach combines interests across multiple sectors to improve landscape management.
Through an on-going Global Review, the Initiative is synthesizing the evidence base and key perspectives for such integrated farming landscapes. A series of multi-stakeholder Dialogues will be kicked off with an international forum in March 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. This series will bring together thought leaders and innovators to interpret results of the Global Review and develop action agendas to alleviate food insecurity, persistent poverty, and ecosystem degradation. Action and Advocacy through 2014 and beyond will promote the policy, investment, capacity building, and research agendas developed through the Global Review and Dialogue series. The Initiative will work with countries committed to scaling up integrated landscape approaches to support sustainable land management.
Together, the Initiative co-organizers are working at the landscape level in over 60 countries around the world to promote integrated agriculture-ecosystem-climate initiatives. Leaders from these initiatives, including farmers, governments, NGOs, donors, and the private sector, will join the Dialogues to learn from the Global Review and put the knowledge sharing into practice. The Initiative will provide direct input to key policy conversations within the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), UNFCCC (COP17), Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and key regional platforms such as NEPAD in Africa.
Visit the Initiative website here http://www.landscapes.ecoagriculture.org. For more information, please contact Erik Nielsen, Senior Manager, Knowledge Sharing and Policy Advocacy, EcoAgriculture Partners at enielsenATecoagriculture.org.