Smart landscapes to feature in Rio+20

Director General Tony Simons with Ambassador Olaniran Yaya (Chair, Committee on World Food Security) Center with other conference participants

The key to poverty alleviation and food security is integrated land management says Kwesi Atta-Krah from Bioversity International. Kwesi and around 150 other experts have gathered in Kenya for the first international conference of Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative taking place at the World Agroforestry Centre 6-9 March 2012.

The conference has been organized by Ecoagriculture Partners with support from the World Agroforestry Centre and eight other organizations. It has brought together participants who are in leadership positions within organizations that implement or promote integrated approaches to agricultural land management (ecoagriculture). Organizers hope that by the end of the conference, there will be improved understanding between partners involved in improving critical landscapes and more importantly have ready a Call For Action documentation to present at Rio+20.

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature initiative is a three year collaborative effort to support and expand the practice of integrated approaches to agricultural land management. It has three major components namely Global Review, Dialogue and an Action and Advocacy. The Global Review component focuses on synthesizing the evidence base for ecoagriculture. While the Dialogue component focuses on streamlining the ecoagriculture agenda amongst partners like the World Agroforestry Centre. The third program carries the important role of making sure that ecoagricultural approaches are being implemented by smallholder farmers while making sure that those farmers are operating within an enabling policy environment.

In his welcome address, the Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre Tony Simons stressed the importance of putting effort in having a set of coherent words like ‘landscape’ to help unify all partners involved in making ecoagriculture a reality. He said “Our goal this week should be to explore how we can take great ideas forward”. According to him, there are effective landscape principles and principals which are ready for scaling up but to do this effectively, we need to make sure policy features strongly in any scaling up effort. He finished by saying that “coherent words and effective synergies will enable ecoagriculture to improve livelihoods and food security and transform landscapes.”


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Learn more about the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative.'

Christopher Mesiku

Chris Mesiku is a science communicator volunteering at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. In the last 5 years, he has worked as a communicator for various scientific institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Science Communication (ANU) and a Masters in Philosophy of Science (UQ).

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