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Transforming rural livelihoods and landscapes: Sustainable improvements to income, food security and the environment

As demand for food, land and fuel grows, this paper explores approaches, opportunities and challenges in moving farmers from a subsistence to a business basis. The authors seek to raise awareness of the benefits of landscape approaches among potential stakeholders in the agricultural and environmental sectors. They argue that international development donors should create funding mechanisms that stimulate the formation of broad partnerships that bring together the range of capabilities needed to address challenges at the landscape scale. For this change to take place biological as well as economic sustainability needs to be favoured. A sustainable farming community has farming as a respected profession where farmers can make a living which enables them to stay in the countryside rather than move to urban areas. The report argues that financial mechanisms, incentives and training are needed to connect them to markets and obtain a fair share of the value they create.