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Forest Are The Foundation Of Sustainable Societies
2014-03-24 07:46:45

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Trees are what made the Earth habitable for mammals, and destruction of forests will lead to the ultimate destruction of mammals -- including humans The value of forests and tree-based ecosystems extends far beyond carbon sequestration; they are the foundation of sustainable societies. A new report, launched in Jakarta, Indonesia on 21 March - the International Day of Forests – promotes REDD+ and the Green Economy as together providing a new...

2013-12-03 04:24:10

Groundbreaking Collaboration of International Organizations Aims to Leverage Genomes of 100 African Orphan Crops To Improve Nutrition NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) today opened the African Plant Breeding Academy to help improve the livelihoods of Africa's smallholder farmers and their families, reduce hunger and boost Africa's food supply. AOCC's goal is to use the latest scientific equipment and techniques to genetically...

2013-10-29 15:54:20

Study finds half of UN projects do not engage local communities in monitoring, argues REDD+ projects that integrate community participation are more likely to save forests As global forest and climate experts gather at the Oslo REDD Exchange 2013 to ramp up international efforts to protect carbon-storing forests in the developing world, a recent study by researchers at the Nairobi-based World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and European and Southeast Asian institutions finds that local...

2013-07-08 14:53:30

Small and large-scale farmers in Riau province, Sumatra, have been blamed for the recent choking smoke smothering Singapore and parts of Malaysia. But scientists in Indonesia have added a third category of 'mid-level entrepreneurs'. These entrepreneurs buy unregulated access to land for oil palm and clear it by burning, seemingly unrestrained by government. Scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre, who have been studying land conversion in Sumatra, say they have identified this third...

2012-07-19 10:31:08

As human populations soar and agricultural resources dwindle, trees — through their interactions with people and the environment — provide important answers for the emerging food and climate crisis in the world´s tropical regions. That´s the message of a new book by eminent world authority on agroforestry, Roger Leakey, Vice-chairman of the International Tree Foundation and former Director of Research at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)....

2012-04-30 13:13:00

There is more going on in DPR Korea than rocket science: local people in collaboration with natural resources scientists are taking control of their food supply through agroforestry. How participatory agroforestry restored land and secured the food supply The report, published online on 24 March, notes that in DPR Korea a bottom—up participatory process of developing locally appropriate agroforestry has been a revelation to many and is helping to reverse the chronic food...

2012-03-28 13:34:59

As rates for prostate disorders spiral upwards, new research pinpoints where to grow dwindling African source of alternative medicine Responding to the dwindling abundance of Prunus africana in the wild, a tree listed as "vulnerable to extinction" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a recent study by the World Agroforestry Centre identifies possible locations in Kenya for developing tree farms. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported as far...

2011-12-03 11:28:01

Encouraging climate-smart agriculture can lead to climate change adaptation Encouraging climate-smart agriculture can lead to climate change adaptation practices in a partnership where the farmer's needs are addressed. "Climate-smart agriculture has the potential to increase sustainable productivity, increase the resilience of farming systems to climate impacts and mitigate climate change through greenhouse gas emission reductions and carbon sequestration," says Henry Neufeldt the lead...

2011-10-18 12:45:03

On a continent battered by weather extremes, famine and record food prices, new research released today from the World Agroforestry Centre documents an exciting new trend in which hundreds of thousands of poor farmers in Southern Africa are now significantly boosting yields and incomes simply by using fast growing trees and shrubs to naturally fertilize their fields. The analysis of two decades of work to bring the soil-enriching benefits of so-called “fertilizer trees” to the...