Agriculture

How Smart Policies Can Lessen Effects of Climate Change

6th August 2016
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

“Africa currently loses $68 billion annually from environmental degradation, according to Agriculture for Impact, an independent group that advocates for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, key environmental sectors such as forestry, wildlife, fisheries and mining suffer losses worth billions to illegal logging, illegal trade in wildlife, unaccounted and unregulated fishing and illegal mining… [more]

Bringing Natural Capital Costs into Focus in Industrial Farming

2nd August 2016
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

Dan Mitchell writes for GreenBiz and discusses the cost externalities in industrial farming. “…If actual markets can’t come to a consensus on the price of something, how on earth are business leaders and policymakers supposed to do so? Well, like all of us, they do their best to be precise, then make their best guesses. “Carbon… [more]

Global Tree Cover and Biomass Carbon on Agricultural Land: The Contribution of Agroforestry to Global and National Carbon Budgets

20th July 2016
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

Abstract: Agroforestry systems and tree cover on agricultural land make an important contribution to climate change mitigation, but are not systematically accounted for in either global carbon budgets or national carbon accounting. This paper assesses the role of trees on agricultural land and their significance for carbon sequestration at a global level, along with recent… [more]

CASSAVA STARCH TO BEER: Transforming agricultural practice in Ghana by applying the Natural Capital Protocol

13th July 2016
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

It is estimated the tropical west African country of Ghana has 15 years of forest remaining, if the current deforestation rate of 2% per annum continues unabated. The agricultural sector is the main driver of this deforestation, which is accelerating through the more widespread adoption of ‘European-style’ monoculture farming practices. Such practices are poorly suited to tropical soils and climate, where heavy… [more]

Why Partnership is Essential When Solving Global Challenges

11th July 2016
Published under: Huffington Post Series

This article was been published on the Huffington Post as part of the Natural Capital Coalition‘s series of blogs on natural capital. Camilla Toulmin is a British economist, former Director and senior fellow of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) While philosophers can create progress in their fields with nothing more than brain, pencil and… [more]

Mozambique Gets Support to Increase Agricultural Productivity While Strengthening Natural Resources Resilience

30th June 2016
Published under: Case Studies,Enabling Environment

“The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved today US$40 million (of which US$26 million in grants) in support of the Republic of Mozambique’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Landscape Management Project. It will contribute to the sustainability of natural resources while improving the livelihoods of targeted rural households in Mozambique. Mozambique’s two decades of capital-intensive economic… [more]