A Clearer Picture of Farms and Forests at Rio+20

20 June, 2012 by (comments)

Though farms and forests are often described in terms of black and white, shades of grey would appear to be the more appropriate palette for depicting the complex links between these two sectors. Two events taking place this week alongside Rio+20 drove home that message. One was a science discussion panel on forests, energy, food, and income, which formedRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Inside CIAT

Scientists develop first satellite deforestation tracker for whole of Latin America

19 June, 2012 by (comments)

An international team of researchers in Colombia, the UK, USA and Switzerland have developed the first ever system to monitor deforestation across Latin America in near real-time using satellite data. Preliminary results from the new system reveal that in parts of Colombia, deforestation has increased by 340 per cent since 2004; and over a million hectares of forest haveRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Livestock on the Plus Side for a Change

18 June, 2012 by (comments)

While many experts believe that livestock belong decidedly on the minus side of any environmental equation – given, for example, the role of expanding cattle production as a driver of deforestation in the Amazon – a group of experts in animal feeding argued today for a major revision of conventional calculations about the size of livestock’s ecological “hoofprint.” GatheredRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crops @en, Inside CIAT, Tropical Forages

Rio+20 and Agriculture’s Journey

18 June, 2012 by (comments)

In the opening session of Agriculture and Rural Development Day, which was held today in parallel with Rio+20 and focused on “agriculture’s journey from Durban to Rio+20 and beyond,” the main questions the speakers addressed were “where is agriculture going and how can it get there.” The first speaker, Jorge Alberto Portanova Mendes Ribeiro Filho, Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture,Read More …

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Rio+20 Call to Action Resonates in Colombia

23 May, 2012 by (comments)

A call to action prepared by CGIAR for the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, got a favorable hearing in Colombia this week, as government officials, development experts, and business leaders gathered for the Colombia Green Economy Congress in Bogotá. The Congress was designed to foster debate on the green economy concept andRead More …

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