Community Leadership In Ecoagriculture: DC Working Group Meeting, Thursday, March 15, 3-5 pm
The DC Ecoagriculture Working Group Meeting, “Community Leadership in Ecoagriculture,” will be held at the Franklin Court conference room in McPhearson Square, 1099 14th Street, NW (on the corner of 14th and L streets) Suite 5500W. Please bring a photo ID, and arrive early.
Invited speakers include Donato Bumacas and Benson Venegas who will share experiences from their community-led ecoagriculture approaches in the Philippines and Costa Rica. Discussion will consider opportunities and challenges to support and strengthen community-leadership in ecoagriculture, including the role of the ‘Community Knowledge Service’ – a collaborative initiative being developed by a number of community-based organizations and partners, including Ecoagriculture Partners and the UNDP Equator Initiative.
Please RSVP to: email@example.com. Refreshments will be served.
Landscape Measures Field visit, Mt. Elgon Region, Uganda
Participants in the Landscape Measures Initiative (LMI) conducted a field visit to the Mt. Elgon area of Uganda in February to collaborate in developing methods for landscape assessment and tracking. Colleagues from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Switzerland, Tanzania, and Uganda joined EP staff and fellows Sara Scherr, Louise Buck, Tom Gavin, and Jeff Milder, as well as partners from IUCN (the World Conservation Union) and the Forest Conservation Program, Stewart Maginnis and Jeff Sayer.
Participants discussed ways of anticipating and documenting change in landscapes which are planned to conserve wild biodiversity, improve agricultural production, and support local livelihoods. Following a workshop, small teams of visitors met with groups of villagers and officials to learn about local priorities for landscape management and to apply selected concepts and tools. The visit reiterated the diverse conceptions of landscape held by different stakeholders, and highlighted the need to nest smaller scale landscapes within larger ones to create viable units of analysis and management.
Participants with responsibilities for creating a Landscape Measures Sourcebook agreed to draft Part 1around principles and approaches for engaging stakeholders in negotiating goals for landscape outcomes, based on joint assessments of problems and performance.
For more information on the field visit or the Landscape Measures Initiative, please email Louise Buck at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ecoagriculture Partners Seeks Summer Interns
Ecoagriculture Partners is looking for interns for the upcoming summer. We have two positions available, 1) for a general intern, who should be at least a rising college senior, and 2) a policy research intern, who should be a master's student. Full terms of reference are available on our website. Interested students should send a cover letter, their resume, two writing samples, and two references to Jenny Nelson at email@example.com by 1 April 2007.
For more information see www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/resources/employment.php.
Jenny Nelson, Ecoagriculture Partners Communications Manager, Relocated to DC Office
Jenny Nelson, EP’s Communications Manager, who has been working remotely from Mexico since January, has moved full time to Washington DC as of February 22. Jenny’s work on the upcoming EP website and logo has already been invaluable, and we are enjoying having her in the office!
Ecoagriculture Partners Basic Informational Packet Available Online
Ecoagriculture Partners is hard at work developing a new organizational logo, but in the meantime, we want to provide updated information to our partners and supporters. A new basic informational packet is now available online for download. The packet contains:
View the basic info packet at
- A Frequently Asked Questions about ecoagriculture and Ecoagriculture Partners
- Program Descriptions
- 4 Case Summaries- Farming for Wildlife: Wetland Rehabilitation in the Skagit River Delta, Washington, USA
- The COMACO Model for Increasing Smallholder Farm Productivity and Decreasing Wildlife Poaching in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia
- Agroforestry in the Buffer Zone of Sinharaja Forest, Sri Lanka
- Enhancing Agricultural Productivity on the Margins of Kakamega Forest, Kenya
Ecoagriculture Partners Launches Discussion Paper Series
Ecoagriculture Partners is pleased to announce the launch of the Ecoagriculture Discussion Paper Series, as well as the publication of the first two papers of the series. Discussion paper 1 is titled “Ecoagriculture: A Review and Assessment of Its Scientific Foundations by Louise E. Buck, Thomas A. Gavin, David R. Lee, Norman T. Uphoff, Diji Chandrasekharan Behr, Laurie E. Drinkwater, W. Dean Hively, and Fred R. Werner. Discussion paper 2 is titled “Understanding Ecoagriculture: A Framework for Measuring Landscape Performance, by Louise E. Buck, Jeffrey C. Milder, Thomas A. Gavin, and Ishani Mukherjee.
The Ecoagriculture Discussion Paper Series presents results of research and policy analysis on important aspects of ecoagriculture theory and practice. The series seeks to stimulate dialogue among specialists and practitioners in agriculture, conservation, and rural development, and welcomes submissions to the series from our partners and collaborations. EP aims to publish about 4 discussion papers per year.
To see the discussion papers visit www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/resources/publications.php.
For inquiries about publishing a paper in the Series, or to request hard copies of the discussion papers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.