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Pursuit: Can enhancing diversity help scale up agriculture's benefits to people and the environment?

 

"Can enhancing diversity help scale up agriculture's benefits to people and the environment?"

Diversity matters. Diversity in colour, gender, culture, and ideas, are what make our world interesting and beautiful. In recent years diversity in our agricultural systems has been rapidly changing. Two existing SESYNC projects aim to understand the political drivers of this change, and its impacts on human nutrition.

Pursuit: Diverse pathways to nourishment: Understanding how agricultural biodiversity enhances food security and nutrition

 

"Diverse pathways to nourishment: Understanding how agricultural biodiversity enhances food security and nutrition"

There is a growing research consensus that agrobiodiversity can be an important resource for supporting human food security and nutrition (FSN). This Pursuit proposes to move beyond the question of whether a link between agrobiodiversity and FSN exists, and asks how this relationship develops in specific agroecological, sociocultural, and policy contexts.

Pursuit: Linkages of agrobiodiversity in urban systems and food-producing landscapes

 

"Linkages of agrobiodiversity in urban systems and food-producing landscapes"

Supporting the biodiversity of food systems amid expanding urbanization is one of the main challenges facing humanity. This Pursuit addresses two major knowledge-policy gaps in this domain: (1) the biodiversity of food-producing landscapes (rural, periurban, urban) linked to urbanization; and (2) contemporary urbanization dynamics and their linkages to food systems.

Foundation: If the past teaches, what does the future learn?

 

If the past teaches, what does the future learn?

To ensure the human future, it is of utmost importance that the conditions, ideas, and practices that nurture both the planet and our species be implemented. Of particular concern are today’s cities, many of which are not sited or planned for long-term sustainability. IHOPE asserts that the laboratory of the past is where sustainable urban forms can be identified and their characteristics evaluated for future use.

Pursuit: Legal Design Principles of Government-Supported Adaptation: Designing Effective Decentralization Programs in Cities and Vital Water Social-Ecological Systems

 

Legal Design Principles of Government-Supported Adaptation: Designing Effective Decentralization Programs in Cities and Vital Water Social-Ecological Systems

This Pursuit convenes a team of legal scholars, social and environmental scientists, government officials, and NGOs to examine when, why, and how government-supported adaptation succeeds or fails.

Graduate Pursuit: Power of the pen: constructing social-ecological narratives of coral reefs in news media and links to policy action

 

Power of the pen: constructing social-ecological narratives of coral reefs in news media and links to policy action

We propose integrating three case studies from around the world into a conservation culturomics approach. We will synthesize long-term reef monitoring data, a corpus of thousands of local and global media articles, and policy and management actions into a single analytical framework to assess direct and indirect linkages that may influence conservation efforts in unexpected ways.

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