In a widely discussed image taken at a 2018 conference on Youth Employment in Agriculture in Kigali, Rwanda, Tamara Happyface Kaunda passionately argues that, despite massive unemployment levels, countries are still failing to attract more youth to agriculture. …


‘Social Distancing in the Market’, April 22 2020, Kenya, World Bank / Sambrian Mbaabu

How Covid-19 puts the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities at risk

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the globe, some may be reminded of the urgent, but somehow rather platitudinous mantra of the UN’s sustainability community: “we are all in this together”. Yet, just as the effects of the climate crisis are unevenly felt around the world, it has been…


Restoration is a very powerful word … It implies what happens after some kind of disaster. So we have to ask ourselves, what are we restoring [land] from, and what are we restoring it to?

Mordecai Ogada, Inspirational Speaker at GLF Africa 2021.

The first-ever Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) digital…


Insights for empowering community-led land management as the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration (2021–2030) kicks off

One of the most iconic images of Africa in international media is of vast rangelands teeming with wildlife. The dream of seeing “the big five” in the flesh not only fuels a multi-billion dollar…


When the Covid-19 pandemic hit Nairobi in March 2020, nowhere was the fear of an imminent disaster stronger than in the city’s extensive informal settlements. Depending primarily on informal and itinerant jobs, many residents were immediately affected by the strict lockdown measures imposed by the government. When coupled with the…


When the Covid-19 pandemic hit Nairobi in March 2020, nowhere was the fear of an imminent disaster stronger than in the city’s extensive informal settlements. Depending primarily on informal and itinerant jobs, many residents were immediately affected by the strict lockdown measures imposed by the government. When coupled with the…


3rd International Ocean Governance Forum lays agenda for transformative Blue Economy pathways

Oceans constitute a blind spot in an otherwise ambitious EU environmental agenda, as exemplified by the EU Green Deal setting out the transition to climate-neutrality by 2050, or the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030. …


Felix Twaya, a farmer from Balaka, Malawi. Image credit: T. Samson/CIMMYT, Creative Commons

Despite producing most of the world’s food, a large proportion of smallholder farmers and pastoralists — and especially women — lack secure tenure rights over land. The resulting uncertainty not only impacts their food security, or ability to earn a decent livelihood, but also discourages them from investing in good…


This International Women’s Day we highlight the importance of women to the success of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, 2021–2030

Women discussing a soil rehabilitation project in Burkina Faso. [Credit: Larissa Stiem-Bhatia]

2021 to 2030 is the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a programme coordinated by the UN…

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