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Agricultural landscapes play a crucial role in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The majority of the world’s threatened species and habitats are found in developing countries where large-scale plantations and smallholder farmers grow agricultural products for local and global markets.
Badly managed and poorly planned agricultural activities pose a serious threat to biodiversity, and to the ecosystem services on which local communities and the wider human population ultimately depend.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has long recognised the conservation gains that can accrue from working across agricultural landscapes, both through supporting local communities to adopt more sustainable agricultural practices, and forging partnerships with large-scale agribusinesses to influence how they operate in environmentally sensitive and biologically rich landscapes.
FFI’s Agricultural Landscapes programme has a successful track record in catalysing and supporting sustainable farming initiatives, increasing productivity without compromising the long-term health of ecosystems, improving access to markets for smallholder farmers, safeguarding livelihoods, lifting marginalised rural communities out of poverty, and working with some of the major players in the agricultural sector to minimise their environmental footprint.