Publications archive

Improving the economics of sheep farms in Norwegian coastal and fjord areas

Improving the economics of sheep farms in Norwegian coastal and fjord areas

With declining meat consumption in Norway, a farming system based on more of the smaller and better-adapted Norwegian Spæl sheep may be a way forward, says new study. 

Vulnerability of pastoralism in the high mountains of Nepal

Vulnerability of pastoralism in the high mountains of Nepal

Whilst the decline in pastoralism in the Himalayan region of Nepal is affected by escalating climate change impacts, non-climatic factors such as policy and globalization are more influential in its decline, says new study with Noragric's Bishal Sitaula.

Large carnivore governance in Norway and Sweden

Large carnivore governance in Norway and Sweden

While carnivore governance in both countries is founded on decentralized regional management, local people struggle to have their knowledge and experience acknowledged in the management process, finds a new study with Noragric's Randi Kaarhus.

Intensification of sorghum production in Mali

Intensification of sorghum production in Mali

Mali's Institute of Rural Economy teamed up with Noragric to assess ways to intensify flood recession farming in the West African country. Low cost technologies improved yields of sorghum from 25%-77%. Gry Synnevåg and Jens Aune in Agronomy.

Intensification of pearl millet production in Niger

Intensification of pearl millet production in Niger

Food insecurity is a growing concern in Niger. A Noragric-partnered study tested new methods for producing pearl millet, a staple food crop in the country. The results included less time sowing and weeding, faster maturing crops and increased yields compared to traditional methods.

 

The use and abuse of the 'model farmer' approach in Ethiopia

The use and abuse of the 'model farmer' approach in Ethiopia

Agricultural extension programmes often choose model farmers to train other farmers on improved agricultural practices - but critical reflection on who these model farmers are and how they are selected is necessary to avoid misuse of this practice, say Noragric's Selam Hailemichael & Ruth Haug.

Non-material costs of wildlife conservation

Non-material costs of wildlife conservation

A broader social well-being approach is required to better manage the impacts of wildlife conservation for local people, according to a new multi-partner study with Noragric's Pål Vedeld.

African Environmental Crisis

African Environmental Crisis

Flawed imperial assumptions and short-term research projects have generated an inaccurate view of the environment in Africa, argues Gufu Oba in his latest book. 

Livestock income and community welfare in South Africa

Livestock income and community welfare in South Africa

Noragric teamed up with Rhodes University in South Africa to assess how income from livestock affects the welfare of communities living near a South African nature reserve. Pål Vedeld & colleagues in Environmental Development.

The role of community seed banks in achieving farmers’ rights

The role of community seed banks in achieving farmers’ rights

Community seed banks are good examples of effective implementation of farmers' rights, but have received little attention in scientific literature and policy. Teshome Hunduma Mulesa and colleagues show how this knowledge gap can be filled.

The underlying causes of violent conflict in tribal areas of Pakistan

The underlying causes of violent conflict in tribal areas of Pakistan

Following the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Pakistan and the merged Tribal Districts experienced increasing violent conflict. A new COMSATS/Noragric study examines the causes of conflict in the tribal area North Waziristan from the perspective of local communities.

 

Use your power for good: plural valuation of nature

Use your power for good: plural valuation of nature

How we use nature reflects the values and rights of individuals, communities and society at large. In a new paper, a diverse group of environmental scientists and practitioners develop a shared strategy on how the multiple ways that nature is evaluated can be addressed together. With Noragric's Erik Gómez-Baggethun.

Climate impacts on agricultural and natural resource sustainability in Africa

Climate impacts on agricultural and natural resource sustainability in Africa

Guided by key SDGs, NMBU joins forces with many international partners to discuss innovative ways of adapting to climate change for sustainable food security in Africa. NMBU authors include Lars Olav Eik, Bal Ram Singh, Jens Aune, Gry Synnevåg, Ruth Haug, Ola Westengen & Neil Davey.

Gentrifying the African landscape

Gentrifying the African landscape

A new NMBU/NTNU study examines the consequences of the rise of non-state conservation landscapes in Kenya’s Maasai Mara region. By Connor Cavanagh, Teklehaymanot Weldemichel & Tor A. Benjaminsen.

Depicting decline: images and myths in environmental discourse analysis

Depicting decline: images and myths in environmental discourse analysis

The late Eirin Hongslo focused her research at NMBU on the use of photographs and maps as scientific evidence. Tor A. Benjaminsen writes from this perspective in a special issue of Landscape Research edited by Synne Movik, Tim Richardson and Benjaminsen in memory of Eirin. He gives three examples of how such images can spawn myths about pastoral mismanagement of the environment.