Making Sense of Research – Research for Practical Application in Land Management

Title Making Sense of Research – Research for Practical Application in Land Management
Contributor Benjamin Haerdle
Author Hanspeter Liniger, Peter Moll, Rima Mekdaschi Studer, Ute Zander
Content Application-focused book with the findings of international research on sustainable land management presented at the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

According to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, twelve million hectares of fertile, arable land is lost each and every year. Soils are suffering from aridization, salination and overuse. This means that the loss of soil fertility is one of the central challenges to society with regard to the management of natural resources. Solutions for more sustainable land use that not only takes into account the environment and existing ecosystems worldwide but also aspects of climate change are presented in the book “Making Sense of Research for Sustainable Land Management”. It is published by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern.
This scientific volume will be presented today at the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13) being held in Cancun (Mexico) in a dedicated session as part of the Landscape Day.

Type of initiative Research
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.wocat.net/makingsense

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La Durette, a pilot agroecological farm

Title La Durette, a pilot agroecological farm
Contributor GRAB (Groupe de Recherche en Agriculture Biologique)
Author François Warlop
Content La Durette is a pilot farm in agroecology located in Avignon, France. Its aim is to set up innovative mediterranean agricultural systems, mixing crops under agroforestry in various designs – mainly fruits and vegetables, and integrating animals into the systems. 

The 5-hectares farm will be managed by 2 farmers from 2015 on, in order to see if such innovative complex systems are easy to manage, and still competitive.

Type of initiative Research
Year Published
Language Français
Europe FRANCE
Link http://www.grab.fr/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/dossier-Durette-oct-13.pdf

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Tipping the Balance: Policies to shape agricultural investments and markets in favour of small-scale farmers

Title Tipping the Balance: Policies to shape agricultural investments and markets in favour of small-scale farmers
Contributor Oxfam International
Author Bill Cotula, Chan Man-Kwun, Cotula Lorenzo, Lorenzo Chan, Man-Kwun, Vorley, Vorley Bill
Content A recent wave of large-scale land acquisitions and other commercial investment in agriculture has raised concerns that small-scale producers are being marginalized. This report takes a new look at the role of public policy and market governance in ensuring inclusive sustainable development. It also foucses on elements that can contribute to gender-equitable results. Four country case studies, conducted in Guatemala, Nigeria, Tanzania and the Philippines supports this work.
Type of initiative Case Studies, Report, Research
Year Published
Language
Asia PHILIPPINES
Africa NIGERIA, TANZANIA
South America Guatemala
Link http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/tipping-the-balance-policies-to-shape-agricultural-investments-and-markets-in-f-254551

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