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Best of Landscape News 2021: Food and Livelihoods

Our pick of this year’s top stories

Scott Webb, Unsplash
28 December 2021
Lily Hess
28 December 2021
Lily Hess

Occupying more than a third of the Earth’s land surface, agriculture is a massive industry with key implications not only for diets but also livelihoods, cultures and health. Yet they way we produce food is intricately tied with a wide array of environmental problems, from deforestation to pollution and beyond. There’s growing recognition of the need to change our food systems, but how do we begin to solve such a complicated puzzle? Here’s a selection Landscape News articles to shed light on how to move forward.

Food systems change: a low-hanging fruit for climate change mitigation?

Experts at GLF Climate put forth best routes for reducing food’s contributions to climate change

A local farmer in China, which provides 20 percent of the world's food and fibers. Hamad M, Flickr
A local farmer in China, which provides 20 percent of the world’s food and fibers. Hamad M, Flickr

What is needed to safeguard food from future pandemics?

Lessons from COVID-19 ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit

As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens food security, experts are calling for drastic changes to the global food system. Nenad Stojkovic, Flickr
As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens food security, experts are calling for drastic changes to the global food system. Nenad Stojkovic, Flickr

Organic certification: what’s worthwhile, when, for producers in the Global South?

New certification mechanisms are needed to make their costs worth the benefits

Organic produce for sale in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. katetrysh, Unsplash
Organic produce for sale in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. katetrysh, Unsplash

From West Africa, here comes the next miracle grain: fonio

New agricultural techniques are growing one of the world’s most ancient cereal crops into a solution to hunger – and a food trend

A illustration of fonio seeds. Jacopo Werther, Wikimedia Commons
A illustration of fonio seeds. Jacopo Werther, Wikimedia Commons

Locust outbreaks in the Horn of Africa are linked to the changing climate

As rainfall increases, plagues expected to rise in frequency

Desert locust outbreaks can devastate crops quickly and across a wide area. David Nunn, Flickr
Desert locust outbreaks can devastate crops quickly and across a wide area. David Nunn, Flickr

In African drylands, farmers are coaxing former forests back into life

How “farmer-managed natural regeneration” is taking hold on the African continent and beyond

Mr. Augustino, a Tanzanian farmer who restored his degraded landscape using FMNR techniques. Courtesy of the LEAD Foundation
Mr. Augustino, a Tanzanian farmer who restored his degraded landscape using FMNR techniques. Courtesy of the LEAD Foundation

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