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The Millennium Villages Project   

The Millennium Village project is based on the findings of the UN Millennium Project and is led by the science, policy and planning teams at The Earth Institute, Millennium Promise and the United Nations Development Programme.

The Millennium Villages project offers a bold, innovative model for helping rural African communities lift themselves out of extreme poverty. The Millennium Villages are proving that by fighting poverty at the village level through community-led development, rural Africa can achieve the Millennium Development Goals—global targets for reducing extreme poverty and hunger by half while improving education, health, gender equality and environmental sustainability—by 2015 and escape the extreme poverty that traps hundreds of millions of people throughout the continent.

The West Africa sites in FUNCiTREE are two of the MV clusters, the Tiby cluster in Mali and the Potou cluster in Senegal.


SILPAS - Trees as drivers of silvopastoral system function in the Neotropics

SILPAS is a collaborative research project funded by the Research Council of Norway - Enviroment 2015 Programme. Partners in the project are the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), the Centre for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE), the Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya (CTFC), the Hedmark University College (HiHdm) and the Norwegian University of Life Science (UMB).

SILPAS studies silvopastoral systems in Central America with a focus on trees as drivers of fundamental ecological processes with a bearing on the success in the adoption of the silvopastoral practice in the region, i. e. the response of the livestock production system to the interplay of shading, soil resources and grazing pressure in interaction with environmental gradients (topography and rainfall). SILPAS works in two important livestock production areas in Nicaragua, i. e. Muy Muy and Rivas corresponding to zones of sub-humid and dry seasonal forest, respectively. Dual purpose (milk and meat) cattle production is the dominant production system.

Contact person: Graciela M. Rusch  graciela.rusch@nina.no


MF-Landscapes - Bio-engineering multi-functional silvopastoral landscapes: A case study in Nicaragua 

MF-Landscapes is a collaborative research project funded by the Reseach Council of Norway directly linked to FUNCiTREE. Partners in the project are the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), the Center for Tropical Agriculture Research and education, Costa Rica (CATIE), the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain (CSIC) and the Hedmark University College (HiHm).

MF-Landscapes aims at understanding how to ‘bio-engineer’ livestock production landscapes in Nicaragua, i. e. how to exploit new opportunities and solve problems within the domain of a multifunctional silvopastoral system (SP) that maximizes provisioning of ecosystem services and economically efficient food production at the farm and landscape level.

Contact person: Graciela M. Rusch  graciela.rusch@nina.no