The political, social, and economic constraints which hinder the adoption of sustainable land management practices are the focus of the AGORA project.
The issue of land degradation is addressed from a landscape perspective, i.e. integrating biophysical and socio-economic aspects of this issue in north-east Tanzania and south-west Malawi. AGORA is carried out in close collaboration with local partner organizations not only incorporating scientific knowledge from different disciplines, but also involving local people in the process of knowledge generation.
Ultimately, the project aims to establish a multi-stakeholder process to design more equitable solutions to land degradation, to enable land users to apply sustainable land management practices, and to provide a body of knowledge to facilitate better-informed decisions.
Project period: 2014-2017
Project manager: Judith Rosendahl, Jes Weigelt
Partner: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Tanzania; Total Land Care (TLC), Malawi; Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (LUANAR), Malawi
Workshops / Events
- 2012: Global Soil Week Session on Sustainable Land Management. As a consequence, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and IASS develop a proposal for a research project called “AGORA – Acting Together Now for Pro-poor Strategies against Soil and Land Degradation”
- October 2013: The Global Soil Week Session on “Integrating Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Land Management” discusses the question of different forms of knowledge about SLM – scientific, indigenous, etc. – and how to integrate them
- April 2014: AGORA Inception workshop in Lushoto, Tanzania
- January 2015: AGORA Planning meeting and meeting with external SLM Malawian stakeholders in Lilongwe, Malawi
- Stakeholders from Malawi take part in the Global Soil Week and contribute to the session on “Mitigation and adaptation to climate change through sustainable land management. Global and national perspectives on challenges and opportunities”
- January 2016: AGORA meeting in Lilongwe (Malawi): partners agree on strategies for improving sustainable land management in Tanzania and Malawi