In 2017, Rare’s Solution Search competition unearthed 338 community-based solutions to help farmers and other agricultural practitioners adopt ecologically-friendly practices that protect biodiversity. This report responds to the accelerating loss of biodiversity globally with proven and promising solutions, while also identifying the common success factors that allow for replication, and a blueprint for scaling the adoption of sustainable behaviors needed to protect biodiversity globally.
rare report on 300 community-based farming solutions provides pathway to protecting biodiversity globally
why agriculture and biodiversity?
Unsustainable agricultural practices remain one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. As the world population is expected to reach nine billion by 2050 and climate change further threatens livelihoods, we have to identify new, more sustainable agricultural practices that support both farmers and the environment we all rely on.
The good news is many such solutions already exist at the community-level. At the global level, the Convention on Biodiversity’s Aichi targets create a path towards the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity by 2020. Consumers are also becoming increasingly aware of how their choices are affecting the environment and the people who depend on it.
Now, we must surface what works for farmers at the community-level and take these bright spots to scale. That is what our Solution Search: Farming for Biodiversity is all about.
In 2017, we joined PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet to showcase some of the best ways to connect agriculture with biodiversity.
A global jury of more than 30 agriculture & biodiversity experts from across disciplines selected winning solutions in six categories. These are our local champions, who were celebrated for their successes along the climate change conference in Bonn (COP23)
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December 6, 2017
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January 7, 2019
Three woman leaders are leading the change in their communities in Kenya, Nepal, and Ecuador.
Stories From the Field: A Tale of Two Billboards
November, 29, 2018
Stories From the Field features experiences from conservation and behavior change practitioners.
Ethiopia’s Apis Agribusiness and Nepal’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Center Take Home Top Solution Search Prizes
November 22, 2017
Amid powerful calls to move forward with Paris climate pledges during COP23, Rare spotlights and celebrates creative local innovators in climate-friendly agriculture
Rare and GIZ team up to showcase selected agriculture & biodiversity solutions on PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet
November 17, 2017
The initiative “PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet” presented its vision and function in a side event at COP23 in Bonn, Germany with more than 90 attendees and launched a new thematic community on “Agriculture and Biodiversity”.
On to Bonn: Solution Search Announces Top 10 Farming for Biodiversity Finalists
June 9, 2017
June 11 marks the International Day of Agriculture, a day to take to recognize the importance of thriving and environmentally responsible farming.
International Biodiversity Day: 338 reasons to celebrate
May 19, 2017
This Monday, on 22 May 2017, marks the International Day of Biological Diversity. This could be an occasion for painting a bleak picture: The current rate of global diversity loss is estimated to be a 1000 times higher than the extinction that would occur naturally.
The Search is On: Solution Search Contest Seeks Entrants with Biodiversity-Friendly Farming Practices
This year, Solution Search is on the hunt for the world’s most promising approaches in biodiversity-friendly farming practices. Solution Search: Farming for Biodiversity is now open for entries
power in partnerships
The project is driven by a global alliance of organizations aiming for more sustainable land use and agriculture.
Rare teamed up with IFOAM – Organics International as Implementing Partners to combine our expertise in behavior design and social marketing with IFOAM’s role as a global leader in in organic farming. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports the project through the International Climate Initiative.