While they may make for a tidy ledger, fragmented financing structures don’t work. Scientific data and experience consistently tell us that social, economic, and ecological systems are interconnected, write EcoAgriculture Partners' Seth Shames, Krista Heiner and Aiden Irish in this guest commentary.

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About the authors

  • Seth Shames

    Seth Shames is director of the Policy and Markets program, where he leads analysis of policies and financial mechanisms to support integrated agricultural landscape management and directs EcoAgriculture’s policy advocacy work. His areas of work have included payments for ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes, climate-smart agriculture, the integration of agricultural issues into the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, environment and development policies in East Africa, eco-labeling of agricultural products and sustainable biofuels production.
  • Krista Heiner

    Krista Heiner leads projects within EcoAgriculture Partners’ Policy and Markets Program and supports the Policy Working Group for the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative. She manages the development of the Kenya Learning Landscape Network and is leading a national-level assessment of the opportunities and challenges for integrated landscape investment in Kenya, among other projects.
  • Aiden Irish

    Aiden Irish is a research associate supporting EcoAgriculture Partners’ policy and markets work. He supports research on finance and investment coordination mechanisms to support integrated landscape management and finance coordination projects in Kenya. He is also contributing to EcoAgriculture Partners' policy analysis work, specifically on rural-urban linkages and sustainable urban food systems.