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Miombo matters

Miombo matters

Notes and queries about land system science, with a bias towards the southern African woodlands. This is the blog for Casey Ryan and the LANDteam research group at the University of Edinburgh

Category: Mozambique

charcoal truck impounded in Gaza, Mozambique

by the CwC team We have reported in previous blog posts on setting up our research project ‘Livelihood impacts of coping with Coronavirus in rural Africa’ (CwC), the ethical and methodological metamorphoses required, and some initial findings of many of our interviewees are anticipating a difficult year ahead.  Now, our research team has collected up […]

By the CwC team Por favor veja abaixo um sumário em português As we reported in our first project blog post, we have been setting up our research project on ‘Livelihood impacts of Coping with Covid-19 in rural Africa’ (CwC). We have been following principles including building on established partnerships, co-creating knowledge based on equity, […]

CwC materials

Materials being delivered to the CwC study communities in southern Mozambique. The sewing machines and capalanas are for making masks. Photo © Luis Artur, 2020. By the CwC team Resumo em português abaixo As we reported in our first project blog post, we have been setting up the first phase of our research project on […]

CwC village meeting in action

Socially distanced village meeting to set up the CwC project in central Mozambique. Photo: A. Kingman, MICAIA Reposted from the blog at SIID By the CwC team. A group of researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh (Scotland), Sheffield and Manchester (UK) and the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane(Mozambique) as well as the MICAIA foundation collaborated on a […]

tree nursery in Nhambita

New paper just out: Wells G, Fisher J, Jindal R, Ryan C. 2020. Social as much as environmental: the drivers of tree biomass in smallholder forest landscape restoration programmes. Environmental Research Letters. Open access at: A major challenge for forest landscape restoration initiatives is the lack of quantitative evidence on how social factors drive […]

The effect of charcoal production on soil organic carbon and total nitrogen in the drylands of southern Mozambique New paper just out, and free access for 50 days via this link: Lisboa, S.N., Woollen, E., Grundy, I.M., Ryan, C.M., Smith, H.E., Zorrilla-Miras, P., Baumert, S., Ribeiro, N., Vollmer, F., Holland, M. & Sitoe, A. […]

butter beans and maize being bought

This just out on the impact of commercial soya production in Gurué, Zambézia: Baumert, S., Fisher, J., Ryan, C., Woollen, E., Vollmer, F., Artur, L., Zorrilla-Miras, P. & Mahamane, M. (2019) Forgone opportunities of large-scale agricultural investment: A comparison of three models of soya production in Central Mozambique. World Development Perspectives, 16, 100145. “The […]


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