Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary ‘Before the Flood’ is fascinating not because of what it ‘says’ – and it doesn’t, in the last analysis, say much at all about environmental change that we don’t already know – but because of exactly what it leaves unsaid. Connor Cavangh in the Noragric Blog.
Paddy yields are higher in semi-improved irrigation schemes compared to traditional irrigation schemes in Tanzania, report Pål Vedeld and colleagues at SUA in a new paper in the Journal of Agricultural Studies.
How does this rapid expansion affect sensitive natural environments populated by indigenous and other marginalized populations? What are the mechanisms for participating in extractive governance? Co-editor/author Esben Leifsen and co-author John-Andrew McNeish.
Arild Vatn examines the role of private actors in environmental governance, and finds the conflict between public goods delivery and private profit motive makes public control difficult. Article in 'Ecological Economics'.
As DRC implements the UN programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+), Raymond Samndong, Arild Vatn and colleagues assess the causes of deforestation in two of the programme's pilots in the Équateur province.
Recent EU project, 'OpenNESS' aimed to incorporate the human benefits of natural environments into the management of land, water and urban resources. A special issue of the journal 'Ecosystem Services', including 8 articles co-authored by Noragric's Erik Gómez-Baggethun, summarizes the project's main findings.
Noragric PhD alumnus Raymond Achu Samndong interrogates local people on REDD+ in the Democratic Republic of Congo and concludes that the projects amount to ‘tokenism’, with local people having no say in the projects in their communities and with women often excluded. Chapter in new Springer Nature book.
New public-private partnerships may bring up unresolved questions of accountability and, in the Mozambican context, exacerbate existing power imbalances, says Randi Kaarhus in the 'Journal of Modern African Studies'.
After decades of violent conflict, large numbers of Somalis have been displaced and the subsequent migration has contributed to the growth of cities across the country. This NMBU project, led by Durham University in the UK, will investigate links between urbanization and displacement in Somalia. Read more in the project’s first report.
Megacities, mining, forestry, industry and agribusiness claim an increasingly large share of available surface and groundwater reserves. This new, Noragric co-authored book discusses both the major injustices and the 'hidden' inequalities in water resource management.
A collection of articles that reveal the complex nature of violence experienced by local communities and societies across Latin America related to resource extraction, and the direct destruction of the natural environments on which these people rely. Special Edition of Colombia Internacional edited and introduced by John-Andrew McNeish.
The latest in the Noragric Report Series provides guiding principles for integrating climate change adaptation concerns into humanitarian policy and practice. By Sigrid Nagoda, Marianne Mosberg & Siri Eriksen.
Genetic diversity of crops is a foundation of food security, and genebanks have an important role in conserving this biodoversity. Noragric look at the links between genebanks and farmers’ seed systems for long-term biodiversity conservation.
Views differ on how to understand the food security situation in the world, and how to communicate food security-related research results: should the good news narrative be put forward or the bad news narrative?
What are the implications of IPRs and the related power structure for farmers' rights and food security? This is one of the issues discussed by NMBU's Ola Westengen and co-author Hans M. Haugen in the recently published book 'Reference Module in Food Science'.
Find out what the drivers of deforestation are in the Brazilian Amazon, and how forests are managed in a REDD+ pilot study in the Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve in Amazonas. Latest publication in the Noragric Report Series.