The demand for food is rapidly increasing. Central to this expanding demand is a global population predicted to grow from seven billion to more than nine billion by 2050. Increasing farm productivity, especially for smallholders must also be achieved sustainably, by minimizing negative impacts on air, water, soils, biodiversity and other ecosystem services. Food production and biodiversity conservation need to go hand in hand for sustainable development and we need to look at agriculture on a larger scale, at the level of landscapes. In this issue of LEISA India we have included initiatives of family farmers, pastoralists and forest communities in shaping resilient and living landscapes.
13 Pastoralists protect forest landscapes
18 Interview: Jeff Campbell
Listening and trust – the basis for working with forest and farm producers
Herman Savenije and Nick Pasiecznik
21 Collective action to reduce land degradation
Foundation for Ecological Security
24 Family farmer: The healer of the land
26 Green Energy or livelihoods?
Farukh Riaz, Anita Sood, Saroj Bhayana and Alpna Sharma
28 Urban home gardens – changing city landscapes
K V S Prasad
33 Emerging waterscapes: When the land is not enough
Nazmul Choudhury and Nirmal Bepary