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Apply for SIANI expert groups! Deadline August 16

Apply for SIANI expert groups! Deadline August 16

Aug 06, 2019

Have you got an idea about how to make our food systems more sustainable and strengthen our food security? Do you have in mind people who would make a good team for realizing your idea? Yes?!

Agroforestry needs to take another look at biodiversity, and not just the plants

Agroforestry needs to take another look at biodiversity, and not just the plants

Jul 01, 2019

This year’s gathering of scientists, practitioners and agroforesters in Montpellier happened against the backdrop of the striking outcomes of the IPBES assessment. The landmark report on the global state of biodiversity concluded that nature and its life support systems as well as its capacity to contribute to human well-being are degrading in every region of the world.

Focali secretariat broadened to enhance collaboration on critical challenges

Focali secretariat broadened to enhance collaboration on critical challenges

Jun 25, 2019

The Focali secretariat consists of Focali members from different research environments and act as an advisory group to the Focali management, coordination and communication staff at Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development - GMV. During the spring 2019 three new members were welcomed into the secretariat to broaden the team and strengthen links between the secretariat and network members, these were Harry Fischer, Aida Bargués Tobella and Johan Uddling.

Do homegardens hold the keys to food security and sustainable land management?

Do homegardens hold the keys to food security and sustainable land management?

Jun 13, 2019

Growing trees and crops on the same land for many purposes, an agricultural technique called agroforestry, has gained a lot of traction. The method promises to restrain the effects of the climate change, nurture nature’s life support systems and shield the poorest and the most vulnerable people from food shortages.

Hunting jeopardizes forest carbon storage, yet is overlooked in climate mitigation efforts

Hunting jeopardizes forest carbon storage, yet is overlooked in climate mitigation efforts

May 14, 2019

The loss of animals, often due to unregulated or illegal hunting, has consequences for the carbon storage capacity of forests, yet this link is rarely mentioned in high-level climate policy discussions, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden and the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

World leaders and scientists commit to biodiversity: Focali members comment on the IPBES Global Assessment

World leaders and scientists commit to biodiversity: Focali members comment on the IPBES Global Assessment

May 09, 2019

The IPBES report on the state of our biodiversity paints a dark picture - species are going extinct at a rate tens to hundreds of times faster than the average over the last 10 million years. “The report’s message is clear. What we need now is massive, transformative and globally coordinated changes across all levels of society. We can’t just preserve, we must reverse the trend by increasing biodiversity locally, regionally and globally” says Director of Science at Kew Gardens, London and Focali-member, Prof. Alexandre Antonelli.

Focali-researcher receives Chalmers Foundation Award for outstanding research on food

Focali-researcher receives Chalmers Foundation Award for outstanding research on food

Apr 30, 2019

Focali-member Christel Cederberg is one of six researchers who has been awarded the Chalmers Foundation prize for research on societally important issues. The prize is awarded annually to highlight outstanding examples of Chalmers work and values, and 2019 the focus is on food – a vital component of global sustainability and one of our greatest challenges.

Reap what you sow: Turning agriculture into an opportunity for the youth in the Sahel

Reap what you sow: Turning agriculture into an opportunity for the youth in the Sahel

Apr 17, 2019

Rapid urbanization, swelling population and climate change will increase pressure on the agricultural sector, demanding innovation and work force to safeguard food production. Given that most of the population in Africa is under 25, ensuring attractive employment within the agricultural sector will be vital for food security. But is farming an attractive career choice for the youth of today? A new research project by Focali-member Hanna Sinare seeks to find this out.

Spotlight on women in science – Aida Bargues Tobella what are you up to?

Spotlight on women in science – Aida Bargues Tobella what are you up to?

Mar 07, 2019

Today on the International Women´s Day we put spotlight on an outstanding Focali member - Aida Bargues Tobella researcher at SLU and ICRAF in Kenya where she lives with her family. She is literally digging for answers on what roots and termites in the Kenyan soil has to do with availability of groundwater for people in African drylands. We had to find out more and asked her two questions:

New research exposes environmental impact of Swedish consumption

New research exposes environmental impact of Swedish consumption

Feb 14, 2019

The most comprehensive and detailed research program so far on the environmental impact of Swedish consumption – PRINCE – has now published its final report on the environmental pressure from private and public consumption and investments. “What’s most important with this project is that we have developed tools for measuring the environmental impact from Swedish consumption, in Sweden as well as in the rest of the world” says Focali-member Martin Persson.

Focali at Global Landscapes Forum 2018: Connecting for impact – From commitment to action

Focali at Global Landscapes Forum 2018: Connecting for impact – From commitment to action

Dec 01, 2018

Focali is together with our partners SIANI participating in the Global Landscapes Forum 2018 (GLF) in Bonn. We have a booth in the Landscape Action Pavilion where we share Focali members research and hope to engage in interesting and inspiring meetings. The Focali and SIANI team will report back on some of key issues discussed at Global Landscape Forum via our homepages and social media.

Developing secure land rights. Yes, but for whom?

Developing secure land rights. Yes, but for whom?

Sep 05, 2018

Community-based approaches to tenure formalization are gaining traction in development policy. The concept is nothing new. Collective tenure has been recognized in legislation for over a decade. What’s new is that it’s now being implemented, which has created a whole new area for research.

Rethinking development: One perspective never tells the full story

Rethinking development: One perspective never tells the full story

Aug 29, 2018

We are in the midst of the quest for sustainable development. The ambition to leave no one behind, together with the global political consensus that the challenges we are facing are common and interrelated frame the new development narrative. However, this inter-connectedness does not always trickle down to the local level.

Meet Focali and SIANI at the DevRes Conference in Gothenburg

Meet Focali and SIANI at the DevRes Conference in Gothenburg

Aug 20, 2018

The biennial Development Research Conference – DevRes, sponsored by the Swedish Research Council and Sida, will be held in Gothenburg 22-23 August. The Focali research network, hosted by GMV, will participate in the conference together with its partner SIANI.

The palm oil dilemma – Podcast with Focali member Martin Persson

The palm oil dilemma – Podcast with Focali member Martin Persson

May 30, 2018

In this P3 news podcast experts on palm oil, the most consumed oil in the world, are interviewed about the consequences it has as a driver of deforestation.

Sveriges första nationella skogsprogram sätter fokus på hållbart brukande och bevarande av skog

Sveriges första nationella skogsprogram sätter fokus på hållbart brukande och bevarande av skog

May 28, 2018

Den 17 maj 2018 beslutade regeringen om en strategi för Sveriges nationella skogsprogram. Kärnan i programmet är den breda dialogen om skogens roll för ett hållbart samhälle och en växande bioekonomi. Hållbart brukande och bevarande av skogen ska enligt strategin inte bara vara i fokus i Sverige utan även en profilfråga i svenskt internationellt samarbete.

New brief from AgriFoSe2030 on gender issues in research on agriculture for food security

New brief from AgriFoSe2030 on gender issues in research on agriculture for food security

Apr 26, 2018

Agriculture in low- and middle-income countries face considerable challenges with rapidly evolving complexity. Although opportunities for agricultural research to succeed in addressing the issues are significant, one major barrier is the low level of gender equity. This brings challenges across entire crop and livestock value chains, all the way to landscape management.

Sweden must act stronger for women's right to use and own land

Sweden must act stronger for women's right to use and own land

Apr 06, 2018

Representatives from the Agroforestry Network, amongst them Focali researchers Anders Malmer and Johanna Björklund, writes in a debate article about how Sweden need to act stronger to promote women's right to use and own land.

Can more trees improve groundwater levels?

Can more trees improve groundwater levels?

Feb 26, 2018

Focali researchers have challenged the dominant paradigm in forest hydrology – that more trees equal less water – and their groundbreaking research has now lead to more grants. Four years ahead they will investigate how the use of trees can best address water scarcity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Focali intern fall 2018

Focali intern fall 2018

Feb 21, 2018

A chance to get involved! We are looking for a committed student with an interest in sustainability, who wants an internship with Focali during September 2018 to January 2019.

The Forest-Water Nexus: bringing people and landscapes together

Focali co-arrange seminar on forest-water interactions at this year's World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, together with FAO, IUCN, IUFRO, SIWI-SWH, The Swedish Forestry Agency, SIANI and SLU. ...

Agricultural Research for Development Conference, Agri4D 2019: Registration open!

There is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone but close to 1 billion people are hungry or undernourished, according to the FAO. To feed another two billion people in 2050, food ...

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