Category Archives: Agroforestry

Reforestation, Restoration A Growth Industry

Trees, Forests Undervalued For Centuries Approximately 41 million trees are cut down every day—far faster than we are currently replanting them. The consequences of deforestation and other types of land degradation are severe, exacerbating climate change, biodiversity loss, and declines … Continue reading

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Plans Sought For Africa’s Great Green Wall

Plan To Tackle Poverty, Deforestation The Great Green Wall initiative is a pan-African proposal to “green” the continent from west to east in order to battle desertification. It aims at tackling poverty and the degradation of soils in the Sahel-Saharan region, focusing … Continue reading

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Community Empowerment Can Reduce Elephant Poaching

Community Conservation Strategies Can Save Wildlife By James Kariuki Establishment of community wildlife conservancies is the best solution for reducing elephant poaching in Northern Kenya, says a new study. Community involvement would create understanding among pastoral communities that wildlife conservations … Continue reading

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Deforestation Taking A Heavy Toll In Africa

Conservation Projects Can Defend African Ecosystems From Collapse Forests in East Africa are vanishing due to pressure from rising populations and agricultural land use. Millions of urban residents still use fuel wood and charcoal, which means that African nations are … Continue reading

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Forest Conservation Must Meet Local Needs To Succeed

Local Stakeholders Critical To Success By Megan Rowling, Thomson Reuters Foundation Madagascar has seven million hectares of rainforest under protection, but stopping people who live near those areas from illegally cutting down rosewood trees remains a challenge. “Most people say we … Continue reading

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Forest Conservation Gaining Support As Climate Solution

Indigenous Communities Can Conserve Forests Forests are emerging from the environmental ghetto of concerns where they were left to die. For years, forest conservation languished in the shadow of fossil fuels in the climate change debate. But there’s now a rising awareness … Continue reading

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Half Of Global Deforestation Illegal

Food Production Driving Deforestation In the past decade, demand from the international market for agricultural products such as palm oil, soy, beef and timber caused the deforestation of tropical forests at an average rate of five football fields every minute. This has … Continue reading

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Africa’s Future In Sustainable Agriculture, Agroforestry

Most Africans Rely On Farming By Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development Judging from the daily outpouring of commentary, opinions and reports, you would think that there were two African continents. One of them is the new land … Continue reading

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Saving Rainforests With Greener Chocolate

Rainforest Destruction Not Sustainable “Much of the cocoa that’s consumed around the world does not originate in highly biodiverse primary rainforests,” says Eric Servat, the Rainforest Alliance’s manager of sustainable value chains for Southern Europe. “Most often, it comes from … Continue reading

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Agroforestry Can Help Alleviate Global Poverty

Agroforestry A Sustainable Enterprise By Caity Peterson, Researcher and Science Writer, Center for International Tropical Agriculture A misty green landscape tucked away in the countryside near Chimaltenango, Guatemala, is home to Mayan ruins — and an ancient truth. Iximché, as the ruins are … Continue reading

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