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When Wells Fail: Farmers’ Response to Groundwater Depletion in India - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog

When Wells Fail: Farmers’ Response to Groundwater Depletion in India - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog | Friday Links | Scoop.it
Groundwater is the mainstay of irrigated agriculture in India. Millions of smallholders depend on it for their livelihoods. What do they do when wells run dry?
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WLE and partners highlight key resilience concepts and challenges this month - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog

WLE and partners highlight key resilience concepts and challenges this month - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog | Friday Links | Scoop.it
As the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) invites partners to embark on a month-long blog discussion of Resilience, I would like to share an experience that galvanized my conceptual thinking around resilience.
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Climate Change: We are not all in this together - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog

Climate Change: We are not all in this together - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog | Friday Links | Scoop.it
For the first time, in the latest IPCC report, there is recognition that for poor people living precarious lives, things look more complicated than they do in climate models.
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Climate-Smart Agriculture: Integrating Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tropics

Climate-Smart Agriculture: Integrating Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tropics | Friday Links | Scoop.it
Both adaptation and mitigation strategies will help farmers in the tropics deal with climate change. The problem? These strategies are often pursued separately, reducing their effectiveness in meeting broader conservation goals.
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Philippine experts divided over climate change action

Philippine experts divided over climate change action | Friday Links | Scoop.it
Scientists and farmers make competing claims for cutting-edge science and low-tech sustainable farming to tackle the issue
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Gender, Water and Development | Home

Gender, Water and Development | Home | Friday Links | Scoop.it

This  international Gender, Water and Development Conference, hosted in South Africa in July 2014, will form part of the celebration of 20 Years of Democracy by the South African government, and the deliberations of the conference will feed into the direction to be taken over the next 20 years. We invite you to participate in this exciting and important conference.

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Commentary - Investments in Women Can End Global Hunger - Global Food for Thought

Commentary - Investments in Women Can End Global Hunger - Global Food for Thought | Friday Links | Scoop.it

Ending hunger and ending poverty are goals on which we all agree. The world has thousands of schemes to attempt to achieve these goals, but we often overlook the simplest, most direct and effective method to change the world: investing in women. 

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Growing rice with less water: case studies from India

Growing rice with less water: case studies from India | Friday Links | Scoop.it
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Commentary Series: Securing Land Rights Amidst a Rising Demand for Land in Africa - Global Food for Thought

Commentary Series: Securing Land Rights Amidst a Rising Demand for Land in Africa - Global Food for Thought | Friday Links | Scoop.it

This post is part of a series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. This series is running concurrently with the World Bank’s 2014 Land and Poverty Conference taking place in Washington, DC. Follow the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #landrights. 

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E-readers narrow the information gap - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog

E-readers narrow the information gap - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog | Friday Links | Scoop.it
In Ethiopia, access to internet is limited. So when you see a number of agricultural extension workers in Ethiopia holding e-readers, they may seem slightly out of place.
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Shifting cultivation for a changing climate

Shifting cultivation for a changing climate | Friday Links | Scoop.it
The 'Jhum' farming system has been criticized as an environmentally unsustainable practice but do the strengths of the system offer a better chance in the wake of a changing climate?
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Who Wants to Farm? Youth Aspirations, Opportunities and Rising Food Prices

Who Wants to Farm? Youth Aspirations, Opportunities and Rising Food Prices | Friday Links | Scoop.it

Who wants to farm? In an era of land grabs and environmental uncertainty, improving smallholder productivity has become a higher priority on the poverty and food security agenda in development, focusing attention on the next generation of farmers.

 
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Mangroves save coastal communities in the Sundarbans, India

Mangroves save coastal communities in the Sundarbans, India | Friday Links | Scoop.it
The Sundarbans are an archipelago of 102 islands located in the State of West Bengal in eastern India in the Ganges Delta, stretching into southern...
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Why Indonesia’s Farmers Are Getting Younger | Farming First

Why Indonesia’s Farmers Are Getting Younger | Farming First | Friday Links | Scoop.it

In Indonesia, concerns over the ongoing trends of youth leaving agriculture have been challenged by an apparent increase in reversed youth migration from urban to rural areas. What is luring these young people away from the cities, and back to farms?

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The Vanishing Boat People of Phnom Penh – Next City

The Vanishing Boat People of Phnom Penh – Next City | Friday Links | Scoop.it
A society that rarely touches dry land is threatened by development.
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Water Wars? Think Again: Conflict Over Freshwater Structural Rather Than Strategic | New Security Beat

Water Wars? Think Again: Conflict Over Freshwater Structural Rather Than Strategic | New Security Beat | Friday Links | Scoop.it

States rarely, if ever, fight over water; in fact, the opposite is true. Cooperation over transboundary water resources is much more common, even in the most sensitive geopolitical hotspots. In other words, the way many understand water conflict is fundamentally misguided and risks being a largely diversionary exercise that obscures other, non-military types of water problems occurring every day around the world.

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LIBERATION, Community of Practice on Ecological Intensification 

LIBERATION, Community of Practice on Ecological Intensification  | Friday Links | Scoop.it

This project aims to provide the evidence base for ecological intensification, to demonstrate management options, and build capacity amongst scientists and policy makers to support a transition to a more ecologically-based agricultural production system.  Join the community of practice!

 
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Locals’ own videos: social impact of migration

Locals’ own videos: social impact of migration | Friday Links | Scoop.it

In few countries are remittances – money sent home by migrant workers – more important to people’s economy than in Nepal.

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Action and Advocacy: An Integrated Landscape Target for the Sustainable Development Goals

Action and Advocacy: An Integrated Landscape Target for the Sustainable Development Goals | Friday Links | Scoop.it
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Gender activism must be taken out of posh hotels and into the mainstream

Gender activism must be taken out of posh hotels and into the mainstream | Friday Links | Scoop.it
Mariz Tadros: If messages about equality are for all, gender and development practice should not be about elite meetings and confusing jargon
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World’s 18 Most Water-Stressed Rivers | World Resources Institute

World’s 18 Most Water-Stressed Rivers | World Resources Institute | Friday Links | Scoop.it
WRI’s Aqueduct project recently evaluated, mapped, and scored stresses on water supplies in the 100 river basins with the highest populations, 100 largest river basins, and 180 nations. We found that 18 river basins—flowing through countries with a collective $US 27 trillion in GDP—face “extremely high” levels of baseline water stress. This means that more than 80 percent of the water naturally available to agricultural, domestic, and industrial users is withdrawn annually—leaving businesses, farms, and communities vulnerable to scarcity.
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Connecting farmers in Sudan with real-time flood management information - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog

Connecting farmers in Sudan with real-time flood management information - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog | Friday Links | Scoop.it
Floods in Sudan have affected thousands of farmers. A new SMS service connects farmers with real time information about flood management developed by IWMI scientists and partners.
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Dams, flooding and displacement: the Tokwe Mukorsi dam

Dams, flooding and displacement: the Tokwe Mukorsi dam | Friday Links | Scoop.it
Zimbabwe’s heavy rainfall this season has had its costs. The most dramatic has been the major flooding in Masvingo as the long awaited Tokwe Mukorsi dam filled more rapidly than expected. Rather than filling gradually over four years, with a phased process of relocation of people, it did so over a matter of weeks. There were threats to the ...
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Sustainable Hydropower: Are Small Dams Really Better for the Environment?

Sustainable Hydropower: Are Small Dams Really Better for the Environment? | Friday Links | Scoop.it
When it comes to dams, small is often considered beautiful. But should small hydropower projects get a free pass? Can such dams actually be tiny but terrible? Freshwater scientist Jeff Opperman takes a look at the realities of sustainable hydropower.
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Re-thinking resilience in the Fogera Region of Ethiopia - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog

Re-thinking resilience in the Fogera Region of Ethiopia - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog | Friday Links | Scoop.it
During his time in north western Ethiopia, Dr. Steven Prager observed the complex relationship between upstream and downstream farmers in Fogera region. His results, he said, were unexpected.
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