FARMERS IN THEIR LANDSCAPES

FARMERS IN THEIR LANDSCAPES

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20 September 2014

Farming Matters | 30.3 |September 2014

Farmers are integral parts of the landscape. They live in and live off the land, striving to maintain the agroecosystems that in turn sustain them. They are our landscape guardians, and this issue of Farming Matters explores how family farming, pastoralists and forest communities are responding to increasing pressures on their landscapes.

The 'landscape approach' has been increasingly promoted as an inclusive, equitable and multi-stakeholder means of addressing and resolving conflicts in land and water management. But some serious challenges still remain in reconnecting agriculture to other functions of the landscape, and especially in finding a balance of interests in the face of unequal power relations.

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