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August 2, 2010

EcoAgriculture Partners Newsletter

Ecoagriculture landscape initiatives are developing around the globe, as farmers, agribusiness, environmentalists and rural development leaders find that working together generates practical and cost-effective solutions to rural challenges. But scaling up these efforts is often stymied by policy barriers—laws, rules and institutions defined by narrow sectoral concerns. In early July, EcoAgriculture Partners, the NEPAD Agency, the World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations Foundation jointly convened a group of high-level African leaders in agriculture, food security, climate change and environment at the idyllic Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy for dialogue about this challenge.

The group included senior Ministers, lead scientists on the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, agribusiness and finance executives, farmer association leaders, NGOs and donors.  It was somewhat surprising and quite heartening to see how strongly these leaders were committed to pursuing an integrated strategy of rural development in Africa and shaping policy frameworks to achieve that goal. Integrated ecoagriculture landscapes were identified as an important feature of this approach, and one of the agreed follow-up actions from the Dialogue is to synthesize the policy lessons from existing integrated landscape programs in Africa to share with the African Union, national leaders, investors and donors. We will keep you posted. (See article below). 

Sara J. Scherr, President, EcoAgriculture Partners

 


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EcoAgriculture Partners Updates In the Scene Resources Upcoming Events

 

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EcoAgriculture Partners Updates

Dialogue on agriculture, food security, and climate change in Africa held at the Bellagio Center, Italy

July 6-8, EcoAgriculture Partners, jointly with the NEPAD Agency, World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations Foundation, convened the “Dialogue Towards a Shared Action Framework for Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change in Africa” at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Como, Italy. The 25 participants included Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Niger and presently CEO of the NEPAD Agency; the Hon. Coulibaly Sangafowa, Minister of Agriculture of Cote d’Ivoire; and other senior leaders from Unilever Corp, Mars Corp, Lloyd’s Bank, the Kofi Annan Foundation, the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development,  the Howard G. Buffett Foundation,  the African Development Bank, COMESA, the United Nations Environment Program, CSIR-Ghana, the Farmers’ Union of Malawi, and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative.

The group shared diverse perspectives on the interface between sectors, explored strategies for policy integration, and committed to collaborate in concrete follow-up actions at African regional and national levels. Discussions were frank and realistic, yet also full of concrete examples of policy models for integration that have already been tested in different parts of the continent.  After an exploration of the perspectives and processes associated with integration, the group committed to several collaborative action initiatives.  A report from the meeting will be available shortly.  For more information, contact Courtney Wallace at cwallace@ecoagriculture.org.

Community Knowledge Service-TerrAfrica workshop held on grassroots knowledge-sharing for sustainable land management in East Africa

In May 2010, the Kijabe Environmental Volunteers (KENVO) collaborated with EcoAgriculture Partners (EP), UNDP’s Equator Initiative and TerrAfrica to organize a meeting of the Community Knowledge Service (CKS) in Nairobi, Kenya. The four day meeting, which was organized around the theme of climate change and food security, sought to strengthen community knowledge-sharing and learning platforms in East Africa, develop a regional CKS workplan for 2010, begin designing a CKS governance structure for the region, and provide input to TerrAfrica on ways of engaging with communities on sustainable land and water management.  The organizers brought together some 30 farmer and community based organizations from six countries in East Africa and from India, as well as participants from TerrAfrica, UNDP and EP. The collegial group thoughtfully considered how a more formal CKS organizational structure in the region could strengthen the roles of civil society in sustainable land management (SLM).  Participants agreed upon principles and guidelines for creating a formal governance structure for CKS East Africa, and assigned a task force to carry forward to sponsors the recommendations of the group, including elements of a work plan for the coming year.  The CKS meeting was informed by a TerrAfrica meeting that took place simultaneously in Nairobi, hosted by the IUCN Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa on ‘Improving Policy and Practice Interaction through Civil Society Capacity Building’.  The CKS meeting was preceded by field testing in the Kijabe landscape of a ground-based photo-monitoring (GBPM) tool that EP and Cornell University are designing with KENVO and other CBOs to enable local communities to participate in tracking landscape level change in soil and water management practices and their effects. KENVO has circulated a draft report on the CKS workshop to participants, and EP will post the final on its website. In the meantime, contact Leah Mwangi for further details about the meeting at njimakenvo@yahoo.co.uk.  Contact L. Buck for further information about the development of the GBPM tool at lbuck@ecoagriculture.org.

Cooperative agreement signed with the Ningxia Forestry Institute in ChinaCooperative agreement signed with the Ningxia Forestry Institute in China

Ecoagriculture is a particularly relevant approach to farming and rural landscape management in ecologically sensitive dryland regions, including parts of northern China. In April, EcoAgriculture Partners signed a cooperative agreement with the Ningxia Forestry Institute in China’s north-central Ningxia province to help advance ecoagriculture approaches in this region. This new partnership followed a visit by Prof Li Jian, President of the Institute, which was facilitated by former EcoAgriculture Fellow, Prof. Li Changxiao of Southwest University. The Ningxia Forestry Institute is a leader in plant research and domestication for dryland restoration, and is engaged in current efforts to restore degraded landscapes and improve agriculture-based livelihoods in the upper Yellow River basin. As the first step in a multi-year collaboration, EcoAgriculture Partners will work with the Institute to develop methods for monitoring landscape change and conducting adaptive management as the restoration initiative progresses.

Collaborative agreement signed with World Agroforestry Centre

The World Agroforestry Centre is a leading international science-based research and development institution in the tropics, and a member of the Consortium of Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Centres. For over 30 years, WorldAgroforestry and its partners have worked with poor rural farmers to develop innovative agroforestry-based practices to improve livelihoods and landscapes.  WorldAgroforestry was one of the original co-sponsors of EcoAgriculture Partners before it became an independent non-profit. WorldAgroforestry (also known as ICRAF) hosted the first International Ecoagriculture Conference in Nairobi in 2004, and the organizations have worked intermittently together over the years. In June, Dr. Dennis Garrity, Director-General of the World Agroforestry Centre visited Washington, DC and he and Sara J. Scherr, President of EcoAgriculture, signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding to provide the foundation for ramping up collaborative activities over the next few years. Major areas of anticipated joint work include ecoagriculture/agroforestry landscape assessment, Landcare and community knowledge-sharing,  analysis of agricultural strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation,  capacity-building, policy engagement, and international knowledge-sharing.

Documenting payments for ecosystem services in U.S. agricultural landscapes

Over the past year, EcoAgriculture Partners has begun working on two new U.S. based projects that connect us more deeply to specific areas while providing a broad overview on the state of payments for ecosystem services (PES) in agricultural and forested working landscapes.

The Farm of the Future project, undertaken collaboratively with the USDA Office of Environmental Markets (OEM), follows five projects championing different models of PES in ecological hotspots around the nation. The sites are located in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, the Northern Everglades, Florida; the Minnesota River Basin, Minnesota;  the Sacramento River Valley, California; and the forested North Coast region of California. Outputs include detailed case studies and posters, which will be posted on the EcoAgriculture and OEM websites in the next two months. For more information contact Ariela Summit at
asummit@ecoagriculture.org or Louise Buck at lbuck@ecoagriculture.org

EcoAgriculture Partners is also developing an inventory and spatial database of payments for watershed services (PWS) projects and programs in the United States. Funded by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the USDA Office of Environmental Markets, the study is documenting and analyzing schemes that compensate farm, ranch, and forest landowners for watershed-friendly land management practices.  For more information, or if you have knowledge of PWS schemes or have participated as a seller, buyer, or intermediary, please contact Terhi Majanen at
tmajanen@ecoagriculture.org or call (202) 393-5315.

Food-systems experts call for global network to monitor agriculture impacts

Together with international development expert Jeffrey Sachs and 22 co-authors, EcoAgriculture Partners’ Sara Scherr and Jeffrey Milder recently published an article in the journal Nature calling for a global network to monitor the world’s agriculture. Noting the current shortage of data on the multiple dimensions of different farming systems (including food security, environmental sustainability, human health, and economic well-being), the authors recommended new long-term, landscape-scale studies of farming systems around the world, linked to existing long-term monitoring networks. Just as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the IPCC reports have advanced knowledge, awareness, and public policy around conservation and climate change, the proposed network could form a cornerstone of the quest for agricultural sustainability in the twenty-first century. To access the article, please click here.

EcoAgriculture receives support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

We are pleased to report that in late July, EcoAgriculture Partners received a one-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for general operating support. We will use these resources principally to finalize and begin implementing our new Strategic Plan for 2010-2013.  Key aspects will be to improve messaging strategies and communication tools to increase understanding and support for ecoagriculture among diverse audiences; to strengthen EcoAgriculture Partners’ management processes; and to raise funds to implement proposed programs. We will share details about the Plan as it is finalized.

Visiting Fellow from Ivory Coast

Yao Bernard Brou of the Ministry of Environment of the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) spent the month of May visiting EcoAgriculture Partners in Washington, D.C., as the final segment of his year-long stay in the United States as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow. During his stay, Bernard studied the application of ecoagriculture to conditions in his home country, met with potential partners based in the U.S., and produced a draft report “Analysis of the Agricultural and Environmental Policies of Cote D’Ivoire”  that is now being shared with colleagues to determine priorities for follow-up. For more information, contact him at broubernardca@yahoo.fr.

Farewell to Ariela Summit, Editor of EcoAgriculture Partners Newsletter

Ariela Summit has worked as a staff member of EcoAgriculture Partners for the past four years. Since 2006, she has compiled and edited the EcoAgriculture Partners Newsletter.  She also played other key roles in building up our organization, and most recently managed our Farm of the Future project with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (see above). Ariela will leave EcoAgriculture and Washington, DC in late August, to attend graduate school in urban and regional planning at the University of California—Los Angeles (UCLA). We wish her much good luck and look forward to working with her again in the future.

EcoAgriculture Partners evaluates agricultural carbon projects in Africa

In June, Ecoagriculture Partners completed a report with the support of USAID on 
“Institutional Models for Carbon Finance to Mobilize Sustainable Agricultural Development in Africa”. The project sought to develop an inventory of agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation projects in sub-Saharan Africa and characterize key elements of project design, with special attention to  institutional arrangements. The study identified 81 projects in 24 countries, and documented implementation status, mitigation practices, developers/investors, field program managers, sellers, buyers, land tenure status and support services from other intermediaries.
 
The report also identified institutional gaps that are hampering the success of these projects and possible interventions to overcome them. These needs include low transaction costs, risk management for farmers, secure land tenure and carbon rights, sufficient incentives for farmers to participate, access to financing for farmers and project developers, project management and implementation capacity, and sufficient demand for agricultural credits.  Based on the inventory and the institutional needs analysis, recommendations are offered regarding roles for various sectors and organizations to fill these gaps. Roles for national governments, community organizations, local and national NGOs, research institutions, international donors and the private sector are considered. The report can be downloaded
here. For more information, contact Seth Shames at sshames@ecoagriculture.org.

EcoAgriculture Partners studies feasibility of African Agricultural Carbon Facility

In 2009 and early 2010, EcoAgriculture Partners collaborated with Forest Trends and Climate Focus to assess the feasibility of an African Agricultural Climate Finance Facility. The study examines the state and potential of African agricultural carbon projects and lays out pathways for developing new scalable climate finance transaction models to offer African smallholder farmers opportunities to mitigate climate change while transitioning to more sustainable farming systems with greater adaptive capacity. The report can be downloaded here. For more information, contact Seth Shames at sshames@ecoagriculture.org.
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In the Scene

Agriculture and Climate Change Research: International Workshop in Venice

On June 6-9, 2010, the Harvard Kennedy School hosted am international workshop on “Enhancing food security in an era of global climate change” in Venice, Italy. The goal of this executive session was to develop a strategic perspective that will help to assure that maximum value for governments, businesses, and society at large emerges from new initiatives of the CGIAR and other international research partnerships targeted on the food / climate nexus. The aim was to provide an opportunity for a small but varied group of leaders from academia, government, business, and civil society to build a more strategic and integrated perspective on the threats and opportunities latent in the food / climate issue, and to discuss the hard challenges of moving forward toward common goals in a private, off-the-record setting.

More information, including the participant list and background readings, is available
here.
 

Biodiversity criteria adopted at Round Table on Responsible Soy

Members of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) approved a voluntary sustainability standard in June 2010, following successful field trials in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and India. RTRS certified soy will become available in the global market next year. A product of a multi-stakeholder process, the standard for responsible soy production includes five principles to move towards socially and environmentally sound practices.
 
The principles include environmental responsibility and good agricultural practice. To become certified, producers are required to protect riparian zones, minimize pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and avoid practices leading to erosion. Most importantly for biodiversity, producers commit to not expanding into designated native habitat or conservation priority areas. Agricultural expansion poses a significant threat to ecosystems and species in areas like the Brazilian Cerrado and the Amazon, and certification can act as an incentive to shift towards more biodiversity-friendly practices.
 
Soybeans are primarily used in the production of edible oil, animal feed, and more recently, biofuel. The RTRS is a market-oriented international organization that brings together producers, industry, trade and finance representatives, and civil society organizations interested in responsible production, processing, and trade. To download the RTRS Standard, click
here.

Conservation International introduces Conservation Carbon offset program

The new Conservation International (CI) offset program provides a way for individuals in the developed world to lessen their impact on the climate by offsetting the greenhouse gas impacts of activities such as plane flights, driving, and the energy impacts of the average home. Conservation International’s Conservation Carbon projects are designed with partners to deliver multiple benefits: mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, and promoting human welfare. Such carbon offsets not only help to slow global warming, but seek to prevent species extinctions, restore ecosystem services for communities, and foster sustainable development. CI also has developed a carbon impact calculator, which allows individuals to calculate their specific carbon footprint.  More information and the prices of offsets are available here.

UN seminar highlights role of agroecological approaches in addressing climate change and food security

An international seminar titled “The contribution of agroecological approaches to meet 2050 global food needs” convened in Brussels, Belgium, on 21-22 June 2010, under the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.  The meeting brought together 25 agroecology experts, national and international decision makers and representatives of farmer organizations to identify policies aimed at scaling up agroecological approaches. Participants highlighted the role that agroecological methods can play in improving food production and incomes, while protecting soil, water and climate. They described agroforestry efforts and case studies from Malawi and Tanzania. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, indicated that he would ask the Committee on World Food Security to use its policy levers to help scale up agroecological approaches. For more information, please click here.

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in development

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) recently finished the third and final of three intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder meeting to set the path for its establishment. They are also implementing a series of regional consultations to assess geographic need and interest.  Once the IPBES is formally established, it will provide a platform to support research on biodiversity and ecosystem services, producing reports that bridge the gap between science and policy, similar to the role that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change plays for climate science.   It is expected that this process will help ensure that policies that affect biodiversity and ecosystem services will be better informed from having incorporated the latest thinking from scientists and practitioners. The scope of work includes science to ensure that agriculture helps to sustain the productivity of ecosystem services and conserves biodiversity.  More information is available here.

Expanding the ecoagriculture community of practice in Mesoamerica

The ecoagriculture community of practice in Mesoamerica aims to contribute to rural development in the region, with a focus on conservation in agricultural landscapes. Through informal, moderated exchanges via on online portal, this virtual community supports and encourages participatory knowledge management, cross-sectoral partnerships, collaborative learning, and critical reflection. The community was initially developed to maintain the momentum and partnerships generated by the three Regional Leadership Courses on Ecoagriculture and Territorial Development in Mesoamerica. Now the community of practice is open to all individuals and entities with an interest in ecoagriculture in Central America.  They may be from regional or local grassroots organizations, NGOs and other civil society organizations, producers and rural entrepreneurs in family farming, agribusiness and agrotourism, public institutions focusing on rural development, universities and research institutions, and bilateral and international agencies.

The ecoagriculture community of practice is hosted by the Central American Strategy for Territorial Rural Development (ECADERT - Estrategia Centroamericana de Desarrollo Rural Territorial) in collaboration with EcoAgriculture Partners. Please visit the site
here. For more information, contact Kathia Acuna-Sossa, Facilitator, at kathia.acuna@gmail.com.

Savory Institute wins Buckminster Fuller prize for work on Holistic Management

It was announced in early June that The Africa Centre for Holistic Management and Allan Savory was the unanimous winner of the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Award. This prestigious $100,000 award is given to support the proposal that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems.   For over four decades, Allan Savory has promoted his idea of Holistic Management, for ecologically regenerative, economically viable, and socially sound management of the world’s grasslands, rangelands, and savannas.  Land, grazing, and financial planning procedures complement the framework, enabling on-the-ground managers to effectively handle the inherent complexity of stewarding natural “wholes” in both the short and long term.

Realizing a natural alliance, EcoAgriculture Partners and The Savory Institute have been exploring areas of collaboration for several months. We congratulate Allan Savory and his team. For more information, please visit The Savory Institute website
here.

FAO workshop to define role of agrobiodiversity in sustainable agriculture strategy

 “Agrobiodiversity” refers to all forms of plant, animal, and microbial diversity found in and around agricultural areas. Researchers and agronomists have increasingly recognized the importance of agrobiodiversity for sustainable agriculture—from crop varieties that resist pests and drought, to insects that pollinate food crops, to soil microbes that cycle key plant nutrients. In April, FAO convened an expert workshop on the role of agrobiodiversity for supporting agriculture and food security worldwide. EcoAgriculture Partners’ Director of Strategic Planning and Research, Jeffrey Milder, participated in the meeting. The workshop proposed guidelines on a wide range of issues, from the role of crop diversity in ensuring adequate human nutrition to the design of rural landscapes to maintain key sources of diversity. A paper emerging from this event will help guide FAO’s future approach to agrobiodiversity in its agricultural development programs and strategies. For more information, contact Jeff Milder at jmilder@ecoagriculture.org.

Workshop facilitates integration of climate change adaptation into development projects in Nepal

Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), with funding from The Development Fund of Norway, hosted a Climate Integration Workshop on 24-28 June 2010 at the Begnas Resort in Pokhara to help integrate climate change into development projects. The first objective of the workshop was to create a common understanding among the various actors on the vulnerability of local communities in Nepal to climate change. The second objective was to understand ways of addressing climate change adaptation in development projects in order to avoid maladaptation and increase people’s resilience to climate change in the long term.  For most marginalized people, climate change is one more stress factor, coming on top of any number of other challenges they are facing, poverty being a major one.  The workshop participants, representing diverse actors in development from government ministries to local and international organizations, collaborated in understanding and sharing perspectives on climate change vulnerability and adaptation and its linkages to poverty reduction in the Nepali context. For more information, contact Sajal Sthapit at ssthapit@ecoagriculture.org.
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Resources

Feed the Future Guide describes U.S. global hunger and food security strategy

The Feed the Future Guide describes the strategic approach and implementation structures of Feed the Future (FTF), the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. It is intended to inform partners and stakeholders about the development of the FTF initiative, and how they translate their principles into actions on the ground. The guide is a living document, which will continue to be updated based on consultation with partners. The full guide is available here.

Article on landscape matrix conservation in Mesoamerica featured in Biological Conservation

This article, by Jeff Milder of EcoAgriculture Partners and eight co-authors is entitled “Biodiversity conservation in human-modified landscapes of Mesoamerica: Past, present and future.”  The emphasis is on conservation in agricultural systems, which has fostered innovations in payment for ecosystem services, particularly in regard to biodiversity. The article is part of a special feature in Biological Conservation that looks at conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in human-managed landscapes in tropical regions.  To read the abstract or purchase full PDF, please click here.

Water Alternatives journal revisits the large dam controversy, ten years after seminal report

The World Commission on Dams (WCD) Report, “Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision-Making,” was published in 2000 and accompanied by hopes that broad-based agreements would be forged on how to better manage water and energy development. Ten years later, this special issue revisits the WCD and its impacts, and demonstrates the need for a renewed multi-stakeholder dialogue at multiple levels. The editorial team and the Guest Editors of this special issue of Water Alternatives have selected a range of 20 papers, 6 viewpoints, and 4 book reviews that help to illustrate the evolution in the debate. More information is available here.

Implementing the Right to Food: Review of Progress

Two years after taking office as UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to food, Prof. Olivier De Shutter presents a review of the progress made by a number of countries in implementing the human right to food at national level.  His review highlights concrete examples of initiatives recently taken by countries such as South Africa, Brazil, Mozambique, India or Nepal.  The right to food is now written into 24 constitutions, and has been given concrete meaning through national framework laws, courts, and participatory bodies. According to the Special Rapporteur, these initiatives are key steps for lasting progress in the fight against hunger. For more information, please click here.

InfoSpring provides online Q&A forum for development practitioners and country forums for information sharing

InfoSpring is the Development Practitioners Forum’s online Q&A tool for development practitioners who work in the integrated fields of sustainable agriculture, food security, climate change, and natural resource management.  It allows users to organize around a problem-solving process that feeds knowledge from those who possess it to those who need it. The forum is currently asking professionals in these fields to register, join the discussion, and add to the knowledge base.  To register, click here.

To complement InfoSpring, the Forum is piloting an off-line initiative called the ‘Country Chapter’ project, which looks to develop peer-to-peer channels in locations limited by poor telecommunications infrastructure.  Country chapters are locally managed groups that facilitate knowledge sharing among local practitioners, harnessing SMS and other appropriate technologies to support physical meet-ups. For more information on any Development Practitioner Forum activities, please click
here.

CGIAR publishes report on research for agriculture and climate change through CCAFS challenge program

The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) challenge program of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) recently published its first report on research for agriculture and climate change. The report addresses food security and its relationship to climate change, and outlines the objectives of the CCAFS and their research agenda. The full report, along with CCAFS’s other publications, is available here.

New report documents the recent declines in global biodiversity

A report recently published in Science Magazine, titled “Global biodiversity: indicators of recent declines,” compiles 31 indicators to determine the progress that has been made towards the 2002 Convention on Biological Diversity. The findings of this research show that the majority of these indicators show a decline in biodiversity. The full article is available here.

Satoyama Initiative compiles case studies and literature database on socio-ecological landscapes

The Satoyama Initiative was jointly created by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced studies to conserve sustainable types of human-influenced natural environments through broader global recognition of their value. The case studies published on their website provide diverse examples of positive human-nature relationships on the landscape scale. The Satoyama Initiative’s website also contains an extensive, searchable database of literature the world’s various socio-ecological landscapes. It is available here.

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Upcoming Events

5th World Congress of Conservation Agriculture/3rd Farming Systems Design Conference, 26-29 September 2010, Brisbane, Australia 5th World Congress of Conservation Agriculture/3rd Farming Systems Design Conference, 26-29 September 2010, Brisbane, Australia

The 5th World Congress of Conservation Agriculture (WCCA), which incorporates the 3rd Farming Systems Design (FSD) Conference, will be held from 26-29 September in Brisbane, Australia.  The conference welcomes scientists and practitioners to discuss current and future developments of sustainable agriculture. The co-location of WCCA and FSD provides a great opportunity to explore the application of conservation agriculture practices and principles in a systems context. The common objective is the design of more productive, economic, and sustainable farming systems to meet the challenges of expanding population, global change, and environmental degradation. Conference program options and tours will cater for different interest groups, and take advantage of Brisbane's proximity to intensive, extensive and sub-tropical farming, as well as to world leading research groups and facilities.  Early bird registration deadline is 31 December, 2010, and early bird paper submission deadline is 15 October, 2010.  For more information, please click here.

International Conference on Climate Change, Agri-Food, Fisheries, and Ecosystems, 19-21 May 2011, Agadir, Morocco

The 2011 International Conference on “Climate change, Agri-Food, Fisheries, and Ecosystems: Reinventing Research, Innovation, and Policy Agendas for Environmentally and Socially-Balanced Growth” will take place in Agadir, Morocco, from May 19-21, 2011.   The steering board of the conference is putting out a special call to decision and policy makers to participate in the conference, with the main objective being to create more bridges between research/expertise and decision/policy-making processes. Abstracts for the conference must be submitted by October 15, 2010, and the Early Registration deadline is March 15, 2011.  For more information, please visit the conference website.

International conference on high nature value farmland for the delivery of ecosystem services in Europe, 7-9 September, Sibiu, Romania

The European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism, in partnership with Fundia ADEPT and Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, are hosting a conference entitled “High Nature Value (HNV) grasslands: securing the ecosystem services of European farming post 2013.”  The conference will propose improved EU strategies for maintaining HNV farming and grasslands. Central to the conference is the field trip to the Tarnava Mare area, one of the most biodiverse farmed lowland landscapes remaining in Europe.  ADEPT is working to maintain HNV farming and encourage appropriate rural development as keys to conserving the values of this extensive Natura 2000 site. The conference will discuss the role of HNV farming in providing a wide range of ecosystem services, including biodiversity, carbon sequestration, quality and security of water and food, and resistance to climate change, fires and flooding.

For more information, please visit their
website.

The newsletter was compiled by Ecoagriculture Partners. For more information, please contact info@ecoagriculture.org. Information about Ecoagriculture Partners and related employment opportunities can be found at www.ecoagriculture.org.