The economics of sustainable agricultural intensification, Benin

16 February
2019
Chloe Hill

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Women working in agriculture in Benin

Client: GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit); Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Agricultural yields have been on a long steady decline in Benin. As farmers strive to maintain livelihoods and food security, remaining forests lands and other natural habitats are converted and cleared at alarming rates. This trend has direct and indirect knock-on effects on […]

Cassava agroforestry in Ghana

16 February
2019
Chloe Hill

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Cassava in a field

Client: Oko Forests and SUMAS University Geneva Oko Forests is an environmentally conscious for-profit company whose mission is to boost the incomes of small-holder farmers in Ghana and improve cassava productivity. Oko Forests processes cassava into high quality cassava flour and is seeking to improve environmental outcomes and incomes by deploying agroforestry practices to thousands of […]

Understanding Community Resource Management Areas in Ghana, West Africa

16 February
2019
Chloe Hill

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Children in Ghana

Client: IUCN Ghana In Ghana, Community Resource Management Areas (CREMA) have been identified as a useful mechanism to foster community participation in forest conservation and management efforts, particularly under REDD+. The CREMA structure involves the devolution of power and authority to communities in off-reserve areas. So far however, established CREMAs face significant challenges in maintaining functionality and […]

Economic returns from climate change adaptation projects in the Kaffrine region, Senegal

16 February
2019
Chloe Hill

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People in workshop

Client: IIED Responding to the need to adapt to climate variability, the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme – led by IIED, IED Afrique and the Near East Foundation consortium – has worked to incorporate climate variability in development planning in Mali and Senegal. This is done recognising that local […]

Challenging the fire regime in Georgia

16 February
2019
Andrew Buckwell

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Talking to Georgian farmers

Client: ELD Large wildfires ravaged the Dedoplistako district ‘the wheat basket of Georgia’ in the summer of 2015. They had their origin on farms, as farmers ignite crop residues to dispose of them cheaply after harvest. A dry and windy summer, combined with high yields (large amount of crop residues) made the fires uncontrollable. They […]