ICRAF Highlights Importance of Agroforestry in Lower Mekong Basin – IISD Reporting Services

ICRAF Highlights Importance of Agroforestry in Lower Mekong Basin
IISD Reporting Services
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) 27 February 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) released a working paper on the role of agroforestry in supporting ecosystem services and livelihoods in the Lower Mekong basin. The study examines agroforestry 

RALEIGH: Pizza goes green at NCSU as university starts composting its pie … – News & Observer


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RALEIGH: Pizza goes green at NCSU as university starts composting its pie
News & Observer
“I personally don't eat a lot of pizza,” said Hannah Frank, a freshman studying nutrition and agroecology, “but we order a lot of them in my suite because the Papa John's is right down the street. We have to stop using our room trash cans and use the

Pizza goes green at NCSU as university starts composting its pie boxes – News & Observer


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Pizza goes green at NCSU as university starts composting its pie boxes
News & Observer
“I personally don't eat a lot of pizza,” said Hannah Frank, a freshman studying nutrition and agroecology, “but we order a lot of them in my suite because the Papa John's is right down the street. We have to stop using our room trash cans and use the

New farmworker rules: Better, but not good enough

Last week EPA released its proposal for long-awaited improvements in the federal worker protection standard (WPS). These are the rules designed to protect the nation’s nearly two million farmworkers from the hazards of pesticide exposure. While the proposed changes include many of the improvements we and other farmworker advocates have been pushing for, there's still a long way to go.

We'll be joining our partners to generate thousands of comments on the rules over the next few months, from diverse sectors across the country — stay tuned. Meanwhile, below is my initial take on the proposed changes, including what's good and what needs to be improved.

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Yoga and Permaculture Retreat Course Offered in The Bahamas at the … – PR Web (press release)

Yoga and Permaculture Retreat Course Offered in The Bahamas at the
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Permaculture designing and thinking simply asks the question “what does it take for us as humans to live in genuine abundance while also caring for all natural systems and ensuring that there is even more for future generations?” When taken to heart

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Yoga and Permaculture Retreat Course Offered in The Bahamas at the … – DigitalJournal.com

Yoga and Permaculture Retreat Course Offered in The Bahamas at the
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Permaculture designing and thinking simply asks the question “what does it take for us as humans to live in genuine abundance while also caring for all natural systems and ensuring that there is even more for future generations?” When taken to heart

Jovenes SobAl Project: Update


We are closing Year 3 of the CAN and the UCA San Ramón collaborative Youth Leadership and Food Sovereignty Project in eight coffee cooperatives in San Ramón, Nicaragua. Year 3’s  achievements include:

  • Increase in the number of home vegetable gardens — from 24 to 45 gardens.
  • Further diversification of production from basic grains, coffee, and garden vegetables, to vine crops, diversified fruits, and forest fruits.
  • Establishment of a pilot food storage and distribution center (CADA) in the Ramon Garcia Cooperative. Basic grains are stored at the center for distribution at below-market prices during the “thin” months season.
  • Establishment of a pilot seed bank in the Ramon Garcia Cooperative. The seed bank will ensure the availability of quality seed for use by the cooperative. The first seed that is being stored is a variety of local heirloom bean, which will be planted next season. 
  • Increase in the number of school gardens from two to five gardens.
  • Individual knowledge exchange and workshops to promote vegetable seed-saving practices among the 45 women managing home gardens.
  • Women gardeners took their excess garden produce to sell at ten farmers markets in San Ramón.
  • Developing and publishing a cookbook focused on local knowledge and plants.
  • Eight youth leaders took on increased leadership roles in their cooperative, and at the level of the UCA San Ramón and the San Ramón municipality.

Year 4 of the project, set to begin in March 2014, will include some exciting new developments:

  • Home gardens will increase from 45 to 72 gardens.
  • A new focus on protein production for increased protein consumption and for income diversification.
  • Two women’s rural business plans will be financed through a revolving fund, with a focus on promoting the production and sale of value-added products by women in the project.
  • Diversification of markets for excess production, including linking the project with a new café in San Ram Ramón  to be run by a cooperative women’s group. The café will offer space to sell value-added products from the project.
  • A second CADA will be developed and established in the Silvio Mayorga and Amigos de Bonn cooperatives, which are the most isolated and poor cooperatives in the project.
  • The basic grains seedbank in Ramon Garcia Cooperative will be expanded to include corn.
  • The eight cooperatives will be exploring models of community seedbanks for vegetable seeds.

New chance for GE labels in California

The effort to label genetically engineered food is heating up in California again. Legislation recently introduced by State Senator Noreen Evans would require GE labels on any food sold in grocery stores that's been produced using genetically engineered ingredients.

A strong majority of Californians support the idea. Even though the Prop 37 labeling initiative lost, independent polls both before and after the 2012 election showed that 67% of Californians supported the idea of state-mandated GE labels. These same polls found that 21% of all Californians who voted against Prop. 37 actually support mandatory GE labeling.

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News from the Field | San Ramón, Nicaragua


San Ramón, Nicaragua: In early February, the Denis Gutierrez cooperative and the women’s group in La Pita participated in an exchange with a sesame and coffee cooperative and related women’s group in Achuapa, Nicaragua. The goal of the exchange was two-fold: (1) to learn from the experience of this cooperative in collective fertilizer-making; and (2) to learn from the experience of the women’s group in promoting women’s collective and individual rural enterprises.

Following the exchange in Achuapa, the La Pita women’s group met and discussed their ideas for developing a collective fertilizer-making initiative that would serve the dual purpose of putting economic power in the women’s hands, and of improving soil fertility.  The cooperative is beginning its efforts to replant 8.4 hectares (about 12 manzanas) of coffee destroyed by the coffee leaf rust (la roya) and accompanying anthracnose infestations that have plagued Central America as a whole over the past two years.  The cooperative’s efforts and the support of the UCA San Ramón Cooperative are critical at this point in time. Although the Nicaraguan government has launched a coffee renovation program aimed at helping smallholder coffee farmers replant up to 0.7 hectares (1 manzana) of coffee, at the same time, there is a seed shortage that is affecting the reach of the program and of the coffee renovation efforts in general in the country.  Furthermore, the government program provides cash to farmers to cover some of the costs of inputs, but not all necessary inputs. This is particularly challenging because farmers in times of crisis are more likely to invest the cash in necessities, such as food for their families.  Thus the decision of the women’s group in La Pita to develop a collective organic fertilizer-making business that they own and run, together with the coffee seed provided by the UCA San Ramón, will fill a large need in the cooperative.  Of the 12 manzanas of coffee to be replanted by cooperative members, about half of those will be specifically dedicated to agroecological management. This is an experimental model that the farmers themselves have proposed.  The women plan to produce both bocacchi fertilizer and foliar fertilizers to benefit the agroecologically-grown coffee. 

CAN and our partner Ético: The Ethical Trading Company, Ltd met with the Denis Gutierrez Cooperative and the La Pita women’s group on February 7, 2014 to hear their plans and support their development. The women want to develop a model in which they collectively produce organic fertilizers, which they then sell to the cooperative members (13 men and two women). The cooperative members will use the Sustainable Agriculture Fund, which is built directly into the price paid to the cooperative for AgroEco® Coffee, to pay the women’s group for the fertilizer according to the going price for fertilizer. In this way, the Sustainable Agriculture Fund, which is 5% of the AgroEco® Coffee price, will incentivize agroecological coffee production in La Pita, as well as strengthen family livelihoods in the entire community of La Pita. The next steps for the women’s group and the cooperative include a workshop on February 26–27 to develop a detailed business plan, budget, and work plan for developing the fertilizer business, as well as formalizing the women’s group with a name for the group.

In the meeting with the cooperative on February 7, Heather Putnam of CAN also presented a proposal for the annual purchase of AgroEco® Coffee from the cooperative.  The cooperative unanimously approved the following price proposal, which includes investment in the Sustainable Agriculture Fund and the Fund for the Recognition of the Unpaid Work of Women. The proposal also offers a price well above that of Fair Trade Organic certified coffee, recognizing the high production costs that small farmers assume.

UCA San Ramón, San Ramón, Nicaragua Proposed 2014 breakdown
TOTAL purchase price to UCA San Ramón per lb $2.20 100%
CECOCAFEN Commercialization $0.09 4%
Milling & Processing  $0.10 4%
Municipal Taxes (1%) $0.02 1%
UCA San Ramón Administrative Costs $0.11 5%
Fund for the Unpaid Work of Women $0.10 5%
Sustainable Agriculture Fund $0.10 5%
Price paid to farmer  $1.69 77%

 

Embrace the Change – Free Live & Online Event – Permaculture Magazine


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Embrace the Change – Free Live & Online Event
Permaculture Magazine
Amongst the speakers are our very own editor Maddy Harland of Permaculture magazine and Christine Seaward, Chief Executive of the Sustainability Centre, the educational centre which is where we are based in the Hampshire South Downs. They will be 

Don’t mess with Kaua’i

Residents of Kaua’i are holding their ground against pesticide corporations. And, as we’ve learned time and time again, they won’t be bullied by the likes of BASF, Dow, DuPont Pioneer and Syngenta.

Late yesterday, a group of island residents, PAN and Surfrider — represented by the legal muscle of Earthjustice and Center for Food Safety — joined efforts to defend Kaua'i from a lawsuit brought by four of the world’s largest pesticide corporations.

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Embrace the Change – Live Conference – Permaculture Magazine


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Embrace the Change – Live Conference
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This Land’s Growing Value Nursery to provide sustainable food supply to … – Soapbox Cincinnati

This Land's Growing Value Nursery to provide sustainable food supply to
Soapbox Cincinnati
This Land, a local nonprofit that aims to bring educational opportunities to the Greater Cincinnati area in permaculture, green building and sustainable living, is pushing forward its Growing Value Nursery. The nursery, located in Northside, offers

Crop Mobs event to be hosted by Sustainable Ag Club

Crop Mobs, a project started by a small group of Penn State students in the fall of 2013, will host an event to showcase how they plan to connect the community and farmers in a fresh and creative way. The event is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in 371 Willard Building and is open to the public.

New degree in sustainable agriculture and food security launched – Farming Life


Farming Life

New degree in sustainable agriculture and food security launched
Farming Life
It will integrate agricultural science with related subjects that impact on sustainability and food security such as geo-politics, legislation and regulation, consumer pressures, economics, agro-ecology and environmental stewardship. Dr Tim Sands

Fecundity of the mayfly Ephoron virgo (Olivier, 1791) (Ephemeroptera: Polymitarcyidae): A long-term study in the River Rhine

Publication date: Available online 23 February 2014
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Armin Kureck , Rosita Bieg , Rosalinde Wendeler , Jost Borcherding
The fecundity of the mayfly Ephoron virgo in the River Rhine was studied over a period of twelve years (1992-2003) and compared in four European rivers in 1998. The field data were complemented by mass-rearing in flumes with fresh running river water (1999-2001). The dry mass of a single egg averaged to 4.15 ± 0.25 μg, without any significant spatial or temporal differences. Total egg mass per female was found as a reliable measurement of fecundity in E. virgo that significantly increased with increasing weight of a female. Within a sample, individual females differed tremendously in egg numbers. This high variability even remained under more homogenous conditions in a densely populated experimental flume. In 1998, fecundity of E. virgo in the Rhine tributaries Main and Neckar was significantly lower than in the rivers Rhine and Lahn, averaging between about 2500 and 4100 eggs per female, respectively. Fecundity did not differ throughout the flight period at the Rhine. Though differences in fecundity between 1992 and 2003 were observed in the Rhine, no clear temporal tendency could be detected. Under extremely high population densities of E. virgo in experimental flumes, fecundity was slightly lower compared to parallel field samples. Based on these fecundity data, the decline of the population of E. virgo in the Lower Rhine is discussed with respect to some potential environmental factors, giving clear hints that it is not a simple effect of food limitation.

Landscaping with a function equals permaculture – Advertiser-Tribune.com … – Tiffin Advertiser Tribune

Landscaping with a function equals permaculture – Advertiser-Tribune.com
Tiffin Advertiser Tribune
Choosing beautiful plants that double as a food source. Selecting ground cover that produces fruit. Saving rainwater for irrigation during dry months. Planting herbs in the front yard. These all are part of permaculture, a design system based on

Landscaping with a function equals permaculture – Tiffin Advertiser Tribune

Landscaping with a function equals permaculture
Tiffin Advertiser Tribune
Choosing beautiful plants that double as a food source. Selecting ground cover that produces fruit. Saving rainwater for irrigation during dry months. Planting herbs in the front yard. These all are part of permaculture, a design system based on

Ghana’s plant breeders bill lacks legitimacy! – GhanaWeb


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Ghana's plant breeders bill lacks legitimacy!
GhanaWeb
Alliance for Agroecology and Biodiversity Conservation (Zambia) An umbrella organization working on issues of biodiversity and GMO free agriculture. 8. Berne Declaration (Switzerland) A Swiss non-governmental organization with more than 20,000 
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Give brains a chance, say scientists

Scientists issued yet another wake up call last week, adding more chemicals to the list of those known to harm our children's brains. These neurotoxicants — including the common pesticide chlorpyrifos — are linked to falling IQs, increased risk of ADHD and other developmental disorders.

Now here's the really extraordinary part of the story: the researchers conclude that it's time to "accelerate the translation of science into prevention." In other words, we need to do something about this problem. Now.

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Can carbon finance take small-scale agroforestry to the next level? – Thomson Reuters Foundation

Can carbon finance take small-scale agroforestry to the next level?
Thomson Reuters Foundation
But as the social and environmental costs of intensive farming and commercial forestry have become more evident, agroforestry has been widely embraced as a more sustainable alternative. The big challenge now is how to scale up and intensify

University of Wyoming agroecology program marks 20 years – Casper Star-Tribune Online

University of Wyoming agroecology program marks 20 years
Casper Star-Tribune Online
Groose said agroecology continues adapting to agricultural concerns and issues using the combination of the Department of Plant Sciences and Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Both are in the College of Agriculture and Natural 

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Firth Family Trustee Scholarship will assist Ag Sciences students

A new scholarship created by an alumnus of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and his wife will benefit students in the college with demonstrated financial need. Les and Elaine Firth, of Mercer, established the Firth Family Trustee Scholarship, with first preference going to students from the northwestern Pennsylvania counties of Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Warren.

UW agroecology program marks 20 years – kotanow.com- Scottsbluff Area News … – Kota

UW agroecology program marks 20 years – kotanow.com- Scottsbluff Area News
Kota
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) – The University of Wyoming recently marked 20 years in offering an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in agroecology. The program combines agronomy and ecology, and focuses on the dynamic picture of today's agriculture, 

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UW first land-grant university to offer undergraduate program combining … – Greenfield Daily Reporter

UW first land-grant university to offer undergraduate program combining
Greenfield Daily Reporter
LARAMIE, Wyoming — The University of Wyoming recently marked 20 years in offering an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in agroecology. The program combines agronomy and ecology, and focuses on the dynamic picture of today's agriculture, 

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UW agroecology program marks 20 years – seattlepi.com – Seattle Post Intelligencer

UW agroecology program marks 20 years – seattlepi.com
Seattle Post Intelligencer
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming recently marked 20 years in offering an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in agroecology. The program combines agronomy and ecology, and focuses on the dynamic picture of today's agriculture, 

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UW first land-grant university to offer undergraduate program combining … – The Republic

UW first land-grant university to offer undergraduate program combining
The Republic
LARAMIE, Wyoming — The University of Wyoming recently marked 20 years in offering an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in agroecology. The program combines agronomy and ecology, and focuses on the dynamic picture of today's agriculture, 

Agroforestry can be a long-term solution to food shortage in Africa – SpyGhana.com – spyghana.com

Agroforestry can be a long-term solution to food shortage in Africa – SpyGhana.com
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The article outlines how agroforestry practices involving the use of legumes in rotations or intercrops can restore soil nutrients by fixing nitrogen, improving soil organic matter and reducing reliance on fertilizer use. “Closing the yield gap – the

Agroforestry can be a long-term solution to food shortage in Africa – spyghana.com

Agroforestry can be a long-term solution to food shortage in Africa
spyghana.com
The article outlines how agroforestry practices involving the use of legumes in rotations or intercrops can restore soil nutrients by fixing nitrogen, improving soil organic matter and reducing reliance on fertilizer use. “Closing the yield gap – the

Falk College Announces New Bachelor of Science in Food Studies – Syracuse University News

Falk College Announces New Bachelor of Science in Food Studies
Syracuse University News
Core food studies classes include explorations in contemporary food issues, food science, agroecology, right to food and nutrition, ethics, research and evaluation. The curriculum offers two concentrations: one in food politics and governance and a

Penn State Extension conference to address mastitis and milk quality

Bovine mastitis — udder infection in cattle — directly and indirectly costs U.S. dairy producers an estimated $2 billion each year. To help dairy farmers, veterinarians and other agricultural industry professionals understand how to prevent and treat mastitis, the Penn State Extension Veterinary Team is hosting the Penn State Mastitis and Milk Quality Conference on March 25 and 26 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey in Grantville.

Toxic Taters: Minnesotans not lovin’ pesticide drift

Something courageous happened today. A small group of farmers and rural residents dared to hold McDonald's accountable to its promises. Since 2006, PAN has been working with a grassroots coalition of farmers and White Earth tribal members to document the pesticide problem in the potato-producing regions of Minnesota.

Now, after seven years of talking to agencies, testifying in the state legislature and negotiating with the producer, community members are stepping into the public eye and asking for support. The campaign is called Toxic Taters, and the request is simple: McDonald’s has promised to reduce pesticide use in the production of their potatoes. It’s time for the company to make good on that promise.

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Pell Laboratory wins American Institute of Architects award

The Pell Laboratory for Advanced Biological Studies at Penn State has received an Honor Award from the New England chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Pell Lab was one of only three honor awards selected from more than 400 submissions. The Honor Award is the highest award given to a project designed by New England architects.

Bee love, coast to coast

Last Wednesday morning, thirty people braved the cold to swarm a Minneapolis Home Depot, asking the store to “show bees some love” on Valentine’s Day.

Babies in bee suits, beekeepers on bicycles, and a slew of other Minnesotans were eager to urge home garden stores to stop selling bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides — and plants pre-treated with "neonics." Retailers like Home Depot have a unique opportunity to act as industry leaders by taking these products, known to endanger bees, off their shelves.

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New degree in Sustainable Agriculture launched at Hertfordshire – Farming UK … – Farming UK

New degree in Sustainable Agriculture launched at Hertfordshire – Farming UK
Farming UK
It will integrate agricultural science with related subjects that impact on sustainability and food security such as geo-politics, legislation and regulation, consumer pressures, economics, agro-ecology and environmental stewardship. Dr Steven Van

World Congress on Agroforestry Calls for Accelerated Action – Forests Policy … – IISD Reporting Services

World Congress on Agroforestry Calls for Accelerated Action – Forests Policy
IISD Reporting Services
10 February 2014: Convened on the theme, 'trees for life – accelerating the impacts of agroforestry,' the World Congress on Agroforestry saw the launch of India's National Policy of Agroforestry. The Policy is intended to facilitate improved access to

World Congress on Agroforestry Calls for Accelerated Action – IISD Reporting Services

World Congress on Agroforestry Calls for Accelerated Action
IISD Reporting Services
10 February 2014: Convened on the theme, 'trees for life – accelerating the impacts of agroforestry,' the World Congress on Agroforestry saw the launch of India's National Policy of Agroforestry. The Policy is intended to facilitate improved access to

Lessons from a Global Garden: Growing More Food with Less – KQED QUEST (blog)


KQED QUEST (blog)

Lessons from a Global Garden: Growing More Food with Less
KQED QUEST (blog)
"For small-scale plots this method has proven to produce high yields," according to Christof Bernau, an instructor at the Center for Agroecology at the University of California, Santa Cruz," but if you amplify it out to the multi-acre, tractor-scale

Robinsons’ gift provides scholarship support for Ag Sciences students

Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need are the beneficiaries of a new scholarship endowment created by a Penn State alumnus and his wife. William and Teresa Robinson, of Freeburg, created the William D. and Teresa L. Robinson Trustee Scholarship. First preference for funds will be given to students enrolled in the Poultry and Avian Science minor.

‘Proper implementation of agroforestry policy a big challenge’ – Times of India

'Proper implementation of agroforestry policy a big challenge'
Times of India
NAGPUR: Though India's first National Agroforestry Policy (NAP) announced by finance minister P. Chidambaram in the interim budget on Monday will help natural resource management and improve forest cover, experts say it is a damage control measure 

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‘Proper implementation of agroforestry policy a big challenge’ – Economic Times


Economic Times

'Proper implementation of agroforestry policy a big challenge'
Economic Times
NAGPUR: Though India's first National Agroforestry Policy (NAP) announced by finance minister P. Chidambaram in the interim budget on Monday will help natural resource management and improve forest cover, experts say it is a damage control measure 

Agroforestry in India: new national policy sets the bar high – The Guardian


The Guardian

Agroforestry in India: new national policy sets the bar high
The Guardian
Over 1,000 delegates from 80 countries gathered between 10-14 February for the World Congress of Agroforestry. Held in New Delhi, India, the congress brought together leading thinkers to discuss how to harness the contribution of trees to human
Agroforestry key to farming future: Indian president Jakarta Post


Inculcate agroforestry into policies for environmental solutions spyghana.com
Trees must be restored in farms and business models included in policies Energy Bangla

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Agroforestry key to farming future: Indian president – Jakarta Post


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Agroforestry key to farming future: Indian president
Jakarta Post
Indian President Shri Mukherjee has said that countries need to implement innovative models that encourage investment in the agroforestry sector rather than being discouraged by long gestation periods normally associated with agroforestry projects.
Inculcate agroforestry into policies for environmental solutions spyghana.com


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Inculcate agroforestry into policies for environmental solutions – SpyGhana.com – spyghana.com


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Inculcate agroforestry into policies for environmental solutions – SpyGhana.com
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Governments and business leaders globally have been urged to adopt, develop and implement agroforestry policies that provide solutions to many of the economic and environmental challenges facing developing countries. Speaking during the World 

Inculcate agroforestry into policies for environmental solutions – spyghana.com


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Inculcate agroforestry into policies for environmental solutions
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Speaking during the World Congress on Agroforestry in India, President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee said: “Agroforestry holds immense promise in enhancing the productivity of land in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner.”.

Social Permaculture for Community Building: Design for Intangibles – San Francisco Chronicle

Social Permaculture for Community Building: Design for Intangibles
San Francisco Chronicle
An evening of discussion and active participation in thinking and learning about design, Permaculture, communities and how things ought to be…and how to get there! Key elements of the evening: What is the current functional role of Permaculture?

Agroforestry: Effective, and Popular, in Integrated Landscapes – The Daily Meal


The Daily Meal

Agroforestry: Effective, and Popular, in Integrated Landscapes
The Daily Meal
Agroforestry is, simply, the practice of growing trees and woody perennials on farmland, yet it can accomplish a wide variety of outcomes, including biological, dietary, and income diversity, shade, and erosion control. Click here for the full story

Haiti – Humanitarian : The specialized Committee of the AFD, approves 3 new … – Haitilibre.com


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Haiti – Humanitarian : The specialized Committee of the AFD, approves 3 new
Haitilibre.com
A subsidy of 750.480 euro (50% of total project cost) over 4 years for a project to increase the availability of formation of Papaya Peasant Movement (MPP) peasant organization that supports families in agro-ecology and Community Development in the 

Post-doctoral fellow – mitigation options & poverty reduction, World … – Ecosystem Marketplace

Post-doctoral fellow – mitigation options & poverty reduction, World
Ecosystem Marketplace
Post-doctoral fellow – mitigation options & poverty reduction, World Agroforestry Centre. Date Posted: 02/14/2014. Country Name: Kenya State/Province: Nairobi Area. Job Summary The Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in 

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Post-doctoral fellow, targeting climate-smart development interventions under … – Ecosystem Marketplace

Post-doctoral fellow, targeting climate-smart development interventions under
Ecosystem Marketplace
Post-doctoral fellow, targeting climate-smart development interventions under multiple uncertainties, World Agroforestry Centre. Date Posted: 02/14/2014. Country Name: Kenya State/Province: Nairobi Area. The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an 

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Rob Hopkins’ Letter to BBC Slams Climate Denier Nigel Lawson – Permaculture Magazine

Rob Hopkins' Letter to BBC Slams Climate Denier Nigel Lawson
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Water issues to dominate 68th horticulture society meet Feb. 21 – The Monitor … – Monitor

Water issues to dominate 68th horticulture society meet Feb. 21 – The Monitor
Monitor
Dr. Juan Carlos Melgar, a plant physiologist at the Texas A&M-Kingsville Citrus Center at Weslaco and president of the society, said the program will focus on water conservation techniques, the state's water plan, agroecology, market opportunities in

Farmworkers, flowers & fairness

Each year we mark Valentine's Day by urging people to remember the workers who make those gorgeous bouquets of roses possible. I'm very pleased to report that this year, we're finally seeing some real progress toward safer conditions — and more protections from pesticides — for farmworkers across the country.

Just this week, 52 members of Congress sent a letter to EPA urging the agency to make sure that the long-awaited improvements in the federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) are meaningful and promptly completed. So after you buy (or enjoy a gift of) cut flowers this week, keep an eye out here for upcoming opportunities to support better safety rules for the farmworkers who toiled to grow and harvest that bouquet.

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