Palm Oil development encroaching on native forest in Brazil. Photo: Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay
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Understanding the relationship between Forests and Agriculture: the need for a landscape approach

Author: Richard McNally. Source: Landscapes for People, Food and Nature The agriculture sector sustains the livelihoods of millions of smallholder families and is at the centre of national policies to alleviate rural poverty. However, this need for land for agriculture is also the main driver of deforestation and land degradation. …

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With climate change, nothing is better than a tree
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With climate change, nothing is better than a tree, ICRAF director tells UN REDD+ meeting

On 24 September 2014 the UN saw a high powered event on the “Transformative Potential of REDD+: a Global Legacy in the Making”. Keynote speakers included the President of Indonesia, HE Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Source: ICRAF Indonesia embarked on implementing REDD+ in 2010 supported by $1 billion from Norway. Minister …

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Climate-smart agriculture global research agenda: scientific basis for action

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) addresses the challenge of meeting the growing demand for food, fibre and fuel, despite the changing climate and fewer opportunities for agricultural expansion on additional lands. Effective work in CSA will involve stakeholders, address governance issues, examine uncertainties, incorporate social benefits with technological change, and establish climate …

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