Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative Launched

3 November 2011: EcoAgriculture Partners is carrying out the programming and planning for the international initiative on "Landscapes for People, Food and Nature" together with a group of eight co-organizers partners. This three-year collaborative initiative aims to scale up successful strategies that improve livelihoods and food security, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services, and help address climate change.

The initiative partners include: the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); Bioversity International; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); the UN Environment Programme; and the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS).

The initiative includes a global review to synthesize perspectives on an integrated farming landscape. This will be complemented by a series of dialogues to be launched in March 2012 at ICRAF headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. A third focus of the initiative will be action and advocacy to promote policy, investment, capacity building and research agendas developed through the global review and dialogue series. The co-organizers are working at the landscape level in over 60 countries to promote integrated agriculture-ecosystem-climate initiatives. The initiative will provide input into the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the UN Frameowrk Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the FAO's Committee on World Food Security and regional platforms.

ICRAF and Bioversity International are members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [ICRAF Press Release] [Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative Website]