How can we scale-up sustainable landscape management to significantly reduce GHG emissions while ensuring food, water, and energy security?
At present, agriculture, livestock and deforestation are responsible for 20-30% of global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Opportunities exist, however, for land uses to be capable of reducing or sequestering significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, as well as create more productive and resilient landscapes that increase food security, water availability and energy supply, and support growing incomes. This contest seeks proposals on sustainable land management practices that can be rapidly implemented and brought to scale, in order to significantly address the challenges of climate and global change.
This case study presents the Agri-horticulture system of “Pistachio-Rose-Saffron” including the drought-resistant and native species, as one of the addressing solutions. This climate-smart practice would be a kind of family farming system, in which farmers can harvest and make income two times a year from Rose (Rosa damascenamill L.) and Saffron (Crocus sativus) during the first three years, and three times a year from all components including Pistachio, after the fourth year of cultivation.