Managing Landscapes in Africa: From ‘Evil Forests’ to a Half-Urban, Half-Rural People
Policy makers in Africa must think globally, regionally and locally for sustainable landscape management.
Africa—a diverse, resource-rich yet food-insecure continent—urgently needs an integrated landscapes approach to policy-making in order to meet food security and development goals while protecting the natural resource base that makes it all possible. To feed and nourish the continent’s expected population of 2 billion people by 2050, Africa will need to close an 87% food production gap amid a changing climate without compromising environmental integrity.
“The landscapes approach truly mirrors the heterogeneity, complexity and dynamism of African landscapes,” said Joseph Tanui, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) researcher.
Tanui, who leads the Strengthening Rural Institutions project, was facilitating a vibrant session to discuss opportunities, challenges and options for national policies to support landscape management in Africa, at the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa conference, 1-3 July 2014.
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