The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is a collaborative three-year process of research, discussion, knowledge-sharing and advocacy to understand and support integrated agricultural landscape approaches to simultaneously meet goals for food production, ecosystem health and human wellbeing.
The initiative is facilitated by EcoAgriculture Partners and Co-organizers from leading international institutions: Bioversity International; Conservation International; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation; United Nations Environment Programme; United Nations University; and World Agroforestry Centre.
An International Advisory Committees provide guidance and support to the Initiative Co-organizers and is composed of a diverse group of innovators and experts working with ecoagriculture landscape approaches around the world, including the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research and others.
A Global Review in 2011 and 2012 will amass the evidence base for ecoagriculture from diverse disciplinary and sectoral perspectives, including its prevalence and rate of development on each continent, innovations in production systems and conservation practices, costs and benefits under different circumstances, conditions leading to effective implementation, and potential roles in addressing food security, climate change, species loss and ecosystem degradation.
A multi-stakeholder Dialogue, beginning with the Nairobi 2012 Forum, will bring together innovators engaged in applying and promoting integrated landscape approaches. The dialogue events will serve as venues in which to interpret the results of the Global Review and craft the action agendas for policy, investment, capacity, building and research.
Action and Advocacy to implement these agendas through 2014 and beyond will be promoted at the landscape level through collaboration among a wide range of stakeholders (e.g., farmers, governments, NGOs, donors and the private sector) and at national and international levels through support for policy formulation in influential forums including the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20); UN conventions on climate change, desertification, and biological diversity; and key regional platforms such as NEPAD in Africa.
The Initiative blog, scheduled to be launched on Monday 30 January 2012, will allow individuals from different sectors and countries to learn about and share the perspectives of others and contribute their own insight and opinions to Initiative discussions and outcomes. Specifically, the blog will help to create a dynamic community around the Initiative and generate momentum throughout the Global Review and the series of Dialogues.
Blog readers will learn about the knowledge products developed during the Global Review and have regular access to the insight of leaders in the environmental-agriculture field. Individuals unable to participate in the Dialogues will be kept up-to-date on the progression of events and members of the press will be able to read about the Initiative and help disseminate the information. It will build a dynamic community around ecoagriculture whose energy can be channeled toward action and advocacy. To go to the blog, click here.