Results from my colleagues in Luneburg on their work in Ethiopia. Echoes of my former Cornell colleauge Stephanie Hufnagl-Eichiner in her work on agriculture and hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico, where even experts and government figures agreed on what could help (roughly, agroecological approaches) but because no-one thought they were politically possible to implement, no-one systematically agitated for policy support for them…

Ideas for Sustainability

By Joern Fischer

My last blog post spoke of a number of planned activities to distribute our research findings to date in Ethiopia. Let’s start today … with the last of all events during that trip, a mini-conference with government and non-government stakeholders from the zonal, regional and federal levels.

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We had about 50 participants, who we engaged through numerous talks, discussions and in breakout groups. We covered topics of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and disservices, human livelihoods, gender and equity, governance, and future scenarios – all based on our original research over the last few years (see our project website).

Together, our findings tell a story of a rapidly changing landscape. The biggest challenges for local people relate to land scarcity (owing to population growth), crop raiding by wild animals (especially baboons; see here) and unhelpful policies around fertilizer use. We learned that especially the poor…

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