“As a wife I will help, manage, and love”: The value of qualitative research in understanding land tenure and gender in Ghana

In this post I argue that qualitative field work aiming at understanding the local context is not a frivolous activity. For highly contested topics, such as gender and land, and in contexts where custom dominates, rigorous qualitative empirical work may lead to valuable insights and research outputs.

Getting a GRIPP on sustainable groundwater management

A new multi-partner initiative aims to support and scale up practical solutions for groundwater management for sustainable development and food security. Did you know that about 96 percent of all liquid freshwater on Earth is groundwater? Hidden from the eye beneath the earth’s surface in soil pore spaces and in the fractures of rock formations, groundwater supports global food security, contributes to public >> Read more

Development from within: Lessons from Uganda on strengthening women’s voices in environmental governance

This story originally published by the NewSecurityBeat blog and featuring the Collaborating for Resilience initiative tells what structured efforts to create inclusive dialogue can do to contribute to more equitable resource management and more resilient livelihoods in the communities fraught with conflict.

Commons tenure for a common future

PIM supported CAPRi program will co-host a discussion forum titled "Commons tenure for a common future" as part of the Global Landscapes Forum happening this week in Paris. The role of tenure security in providing incentives for sustainable resource management and restoration is well established. However, much of the policy attention has been on securing individual lands, >> Read more

Community seed banks: Origins, evolution and prospects

Community seed banks first appeared towards the end of the 1980s, established with the support of international and national non-governmental organizations. A new book of the Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity series published by Earthscan in association with Bioversity International provides the first global review of their development and includes a wide range of case studies.