CIFOR Links Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Cameroon’s Forests – IISD Reporting Services

CIFOR Links Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Cameroon's Forests
IISD Reporting Services
The report suggests that adaptation, which can be achieved through agroforestry and improved agricultural practices, should be considered as a key co-benefit in REDD+ projects. To maximize the links between climate change mitigation and adaptation, the …

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“The GMO Deception”: Sheldon Krimsky on How BigAg & the Government Is … – Democracy Now (blog)

"The GMO Deception": Sheldon Krimsky on How BigAg & the Government Is
Democracy Now (blog)
That's what we call agroecology. We have to understand that you have to match the seed to the region, and not match the region to the seed. That's why you don't necessarily have high productivity in every region of the world. Some of the Indian farmers

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Permaculture rain garden at USU-Moab helps teach about wise water use – Moab Times Independent


Moab Times Independent

Permaculture rain garden at USU-Moab helps teach about wise water use
Moab Times Independent
Opening the two-day workshop, USU-Moab Dean Steve Hawks said permaculture principles intersect directly with the mission of the university. “Our mission overlaps with the permaculture idea of creating a world that we want,” Hawks said. “This USU …

USU unveils phase 1 design for local campus – Moab Times Independent


Moab Times Independent

USU unveils phase 1 design for local campus
Moab Times Independent
USU-Moab presented its final design for phase one of its new campus last week, revealing a facility that will focus on sustainability by using natural resources in an integrated permaculture system. The campus will develop in several phases, and phase

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AFOLU sets new eligibility criteria for agri-climate bonds – FTSE Global Markets

AFOLU sets new eligibility criteria for agri-climate bonds
FTSE Global Markets
The committee of thirteen international experts includes members from USAID-Asia LEAF, World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y EnseÑanza (CATIE), Verified Carbon Standard, Centre for Climate Risk and …

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Asia Plantation Capital Presents Sustainable Agarwood and Valuable Oud Oil at … – ITAR-TASS (press release)

Asia Plantation Capital Presents Sustainable Agarwood and Valuable Oud Oil at
ITAR-TASS (press release)
Agroforestry is a further strategic objective, as it contributes positively to rural communities by raising living standards and increasing employment. Approaching forestry from a plantation management perspective and with its proven expertise, Asia

Why Permaculture Ain’t Just About Gardening | One Green Planet – One Green Planet

Why Permaculture Ain't Just About Gardening | One Green Planet
One Green Planet
Permaculture definitely incorporates a lot of ideas and literature on growing food, but to narrow the practice down to a type of gardening is a mistake. Permaculture is about much more, from streamlining practices to designing green homes to minimizing …

Asia Plantation Capital Secures Exciting New Business for Sustainable … – PR Newswire UK (press release)

Asia Plantation Capital Secures Exciting New Business for Sustainable
PR Newswire UK (press release)
"It all coincides with increased demand for responsible and sustainable agroforestry from the established investment community." He continued, "It is difficult, obviously, to put an exact figure on the new investment turnover that eventually arises

Los Gatos shorts: jewelry ‘frenzy’ promises $5 prices – San Jose Mercury News


San Jose Mercury News

Los Gatos shorts: jewelry 'frenzy' promises $5 prices
San Jose Mercury News
Composting workshop. People interested in learning how to compost can get all the details Nov. 8 and 15 when former Los Gatos High School AgroEcology teacher Les Kishler holds a two-session workshop. It's from 10 to 11:30 a.m. both days and costs $32.

Neonics? Not much help to farmers.

Independent scientists have been saying it for a while now: neonicotinoid pesticides aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. And finally, scientists and economists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are showing signs that they’re listening to the science.

Last Thursday, EPA released preliminary findings on neonic-coated soybeans — a small part of the agency’s broader review of neonicotinoids. EPA’s headline finding? Neonicotinoid seed treatments “provide negligible overall benefits to soybean production in most situations.”

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CAN Makes 1st Annual Good Food Org Guide

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The 1st Annual Good Food Org Guide, developed by The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, highlights non-profit organizations that are “… doing exemplary work in the United States in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice. Only nonprofit, scholarly, and municipal initiatives have been selected in order to spotlight efforts that are focused on community building and engagement, advocacy, and service. More than 400 U.S.-based groups are cultivating a better food system. The list was determined by distinguished experts, including past recipients of the James Beard Leadership Award and food and agriculture leaders.” The issues the groups address include: childhood obesity, malnourishment, and physical inactivity; food waste; and consumer education on healthy, nutritious food choices. Through their work they create networks of social entrepreneurs; protect food and restaurant workers; highlight solutions for restoring the health of people and the planet; work with indigenous communities to preserve traditions, culture, and biodiversity; inspire and educate individuals to cook more of their own food; and protect public health, human health, and the environment. CAN is honored to be included among this year’s honorees.


2014 Update from the Field | Suraya Arslan, CAN Intern


27 October 2014 — Nicaragua

The digital revolution has come late to Nicaragua. The country ranks last regionally and 114th globally in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development according to a 2013 report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Despite this late start, Nicaraguans have quickly embraced mobile devices and 3G networks are increasingly being used to access the internet.

A key goal of CAN’s Youth Leadership and Education for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Project (YLFS) is to empower youth in rural communities with marketable skills in an effort to reduce outmigration and strengthen pride in agricultural livelihoods. In line with these goals, youth leaders have received computer training and led the annual monitoring and evaluation of YLFS. However, lack of regular use has prevented these trainings from being effective in building their technological capacity.

This year, in collaboration with the Everett Program at UC Santa Cruz, UCSC graduate Suraya Arslan is teaching eight cooperative youth leaders to use 2-in-1 laptops (tablets with keyboards) with field data collection instead of using paper questionnaires, as in the past. Suraya has worked with youth leaders to teach them how to use the tablets, manage the UserForm and database in Excel, as well as how to login and post updates on Facebook. These hybrid tablets will remain in San Ramón so youth leaders can continue to use them to take minutes during weekly meetings, conduct other field research, communicate with CAN’s International Youth Network for Food Sovereignty—Jóvenes SSAN—and increase their digital literacy.

The true cost of cheap coffee – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

The true cost of cheap coffee
Christian Science Monitor
As an example, he compared conventional farming of Brazilian coffee in the Zona da Mata region with best practices farming, which included fair trade, organic, and agroforestry practices. Test your knowledge Take our fruit and veggie quiz! Photos of

Thinking before pinking

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the public conversation has been noticeably different this year. I've heard much more talk about chemicals that increase cancer risk — and what can and should be done to prevent breast cancer — than talk about raising awareness. It's about time.

I've also seen a new eyes-wide-open awareness of how absurd it is for companies that produce or sell cancer-causing products to wrap themselves in pink for the month. (I think it was the pink fracking drill bit "for the cure" that finally broke through the noise.) Think Before You Pink has been a core campaign message of our friends at Breast Cancer Action for many years, and it's a message we stand firmly behind. It's high time to move beyond pinkwashing.

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UH Pacific Business Center Program Wins National Economic Development … – UH System Current News


UH System Current News

UH Pacific Business Center Program Wins National Economic Development
UH System Current News
… Scientific Research Organization of Samoa (SROS); Robinson Fresh/C.H. Robinson, California; Natural Foods International, Samoa; Intertribal Council On Utility Policy (COUP) Rosebud, South Dakota; Olohana Foundation, Hawai'i; Agroforestry Net, Inc.

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Cameroon study shows mitigation and adaptation go together – Thomson Reuters Foundation

Cameroon study shows mitigation and adaptation go together
Thomson Reuters Foundation
For example, improving agricultural practices — including agroforestry — helped communities strengthen their livelihoods in the face of climate change, while reducing the impact of farming on the forest. “Failing to include adaptation in a project

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Cameroon Research Adds to Growing Consensus On Sustainable Climate … – Thomson Reuters Foundation

Cameroon Research Adds to Growing Consensus On Sustainable Climate
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Bogor, Idonesia — Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. BOGOR, Indonesia – It's a propitious time for climate change adaptation. Climate talks in Bonn in June seemed to open the door to

FAO, ECO Discuss Joint Initiatives on Effective Resource Management – Fars News Agency


Fars News Agency

FAO, ECO Discuss Joint Initiatives on Effective Resource Management
Fars News Agency
… organizations included amongst others, water scarcity, food insecurity, transboundary plant and animal diseases, inadequate agricultural statistics and information systems, as well as enhancement of agricultural productivity and promotion of agro

Cameroon research adds to growing consensus on sustainable climate change … – Thomson Reuters Foundation

Cameroon research adds to growing consensus on sustainable climate change
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Researchers examined activities conducted for the CED projects and found that many contributed to both adaptation and mitigation. For example, improving agricultural practices — including agroforestry — helped communities strengthen their livelihoods

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Researchers find way to observe roots of plants as they grow – Environment & Energy Publishing

Researchers find way to observe roots of plants as they grow
Environment & Energy Publishing
Bringing together specialists in root genetics, plant physiology and agro-ecology, Bucksch built a computer program that uses an algorithm to interpret digital images of mature roots extracted from the field. It allowed him to analyze enough root
First Direct Observations of How Roots Grow Scientific American



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Cameroon research adds to growing consensus on sustainable climate change … – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Cameroon research adds to growing consensus on sustainable climate change
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
For example, improving agricultural practices — including agroforestry — helped communities strengthen their livelihoods in the face of climate change, while reducing the impact of farming on the forest. “Failing to include adaptation in a project

Pasto Ag Museum to look at old logging in Pennsylvania on Nov. 2

The fifth in a series of fall open houses at Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum on Nov. 2 will look at historic logging and timber production. From 1 to 4 p.m., museum staff will share old photos and stories of the days in the late 1800s and early 1900s when Williamsport was the logging capital of the world, according to Rita Graef, Pasto Museum curator. Jim Walizer, a board member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, will share his passion for the history of timber, logging and forestry in the commonwealth in a presentation beginning at 2 p.m.

Food Week for Food Workers

We close food week with a shout out in celebration of the millions of food workers around the world upon whose hard work the food system depends — from picking to packing, serving to selling. Sadly, these workers share one thing in common around the globe: they are among the worst paid workers in an industry that creates some of the largest corporate profits.

For an excellent analysis of the disparities between workers and corporate agriculture powers, mark your calendars for the November 21 debut of the film Food Chains. The film does a nice job placing the realities of U.S. food workers in a global perspective.

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Beyond Carbon: Althelia Climate Fund Attracts Conservation Investors – Huffington Post

Beyond Carbon: Althelia Climate Fund Attracts Conservation Investors
Huffington Post
Althelia's first two investments aim to improve livelihoods for local residents and generate cash flows from "agroecology" products — premium cacao in Peru and sustainable charcoal in Kenya — to augment sales of carbon credits in the volatile

Extensive literature on trials shows this biomass species grows better in … – Stabroek News

Extensive literature on trials shows this biomass species grows better in
Stabroek News
As regards matching of Leucaena to the soils of Pomeroon, the Pinnacle company relies on a couple of CARDI papers from August 2002 about an agroforestry trial from 1997-2000 on Kasarama loamy sand in the Intermediate Savannas. As these papers note …

Two Quebec co-ops win $25000 in The National Co-op Challenge – Canada NewsWire (press release)

Two Quebec co-ops win $25000 in The National Co-op Challenge
Canada NewsWire (press release)
Coop Le Grenier Boréal is a sustainable farming co-operative that provides production, harvesting, processing and marketing of local agricultural and agroforestry products and services. It seeks to make a positive contribution to the social, economic

Unraveling the ‘landscape approach’: Are we on the right track? – Center for International Forestry Research (press release) (blog)


Center for International Forestry Research (press release) (blog)

Unraveling the 'landscape approach': Are we on the right track?
Center for International Forestry Research (press release) (blog)
Lake Sentani landscape, Papua, Indonesia. Balancing multiple land uses among multiple stakeholders — a landscape approach — is gaining some traction as a useful management tool, despite inherent challenges. Mokhammad Edliadi/CIFOR photo.

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Unraveling the ‘landscape approach’: Are we on the right track? – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Unraveling the 'landscape approach': Are we on the right track?
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
A participatory land-use map prepared by young people and researchers in the Congo Basin. Balancing multiple land uses among multiple stakeholders — a landscape approach — is gaining some traction as a useful management tool, despite inherent …

Conservation Easements Preserve, Restore Florida Wetlands – USDA.gov (press release) (blog)


USDA.gov (press release) (blog)

Conservation Easements Preserve, Restore Florida Wetlands
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
“Our research programs have expanded in recent years to restoration ecology and agro-ecology because of the importance of ranch lands and agricultural lands for conserving so many species in the Northern Everglades watershed,” said Betsie Rothermel, …

Kickstarting help for Belizean cocoa farmers – Candy Industry (blog)


Candy Industry (blog)

Kickstarting help for Belizean cocoa farmers
Candy Industry (blog)
We're making an impact in the local community by developing an industry together, from the ground up — from seed to tree to bean to bar! Maya Mountain Cacao launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the agroforestry Demonstration Farm. To support …

Yes, Actually There Is a Bright Way Forward for Midwestern Agriculture – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)


The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)

Yes, Actually There Is a Bright Way Forward for Midwestern Agriculture
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)
That simple idea is the future of agriculture, and it is the science of agroecology, implemented brilliantly by a creative interdisciplinary team of scientists at Iowa State University, who have pooled their multiple expertise to apply this science in

Pip – The Australian Permaculture magazine is now available on Magzter – prMac (press release)

Pip – The Australian Permaculture magazine is now available on Magzter
prMac (press release)
[prMac.com] New York, New York – Pip, the magazine for the Australian permaculture community now comes aboard the World's largest and fastest growing global digital multi-platform newsstand and magazine store, Magzter. As all things natural and organic …

AfDB approves Euro10 million equity investment in Moringa Private Equity Fund – Lesprom Network

AfDB approves Euro10 million equity investment in Moringa Private Equity Fund
Lesprom Network
Moringa will invest in scalable, replicable agroforestry projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The Fund will invest in projects that combine plantation forestry (producing biomass, fuel wood or timber) with agricultural elements (producing

UMass Permaculture Initiative to add three new programs – The Massachusetts Daily Collegian


The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

UMass Permaculture Initiative to add three new programs
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
UMass Permaculture, a student-staff run collaborative, began in 2010 with the conversion of a patch of grass in front of Franklin Dining Commons with half-a-million pounds of compost material to an edible and educational growing space. Since its

From Williamsport to K.C.: World Series are nothing new for turfgrass student

When TV coverage of the World Series begins tonight (Oct. 21), the first thing most viewers will notice is the immense crown cut into the centerfield grass of the Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium. What they won’t see is that there was a little bit of Penn State skill used in crafting that image, thanks to a member of the Royals grounds crew.

Permaculture coming to Benicia – Vallejo Times Herald – Vallejo Times Herald

Permaculture coming to Benicia – Vallejo Times Herald
Vallejo Times Herald
BENICIA >> If Kelli Schultz gets her way, her yard will be the home of a forest. A "food forest," that is. Schultz was one of the first Benicians to apply to host a seed plot for a food forest as part of the effort to bring permaculture to the city by

Republic of Korea Launches Forest Restoration Initiative – IISD Reporting Services

Republic of Korea Launches Forest Restoration Initiative
IISD Reporting Services
cbd-korea 16 October 2014: At the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the Government of the Republic of Korea launched the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) to support …

PlantVillage solves crop problems by democratizing science-based knowledge

David Hughes understands the devastating effects a plant disease can have on crops and the people who rely on them for food and income. This understanding, and the mentoring he received early in his research career, germinated the seed of an idea that has borne fruit in the form of an online network designed to get practical knowledge about plants and plant diseases into the hands — and mobile devices — of farmers around the globe.

Green Revolution in Africa – How to Make Banks Listen to Farmers, By World … – Vanguard

Green Revolution in Africa – How to Make Banks Listen to Farmers, By World
Vanguard
We also have agroforestry – a situation in which you combine trees – those trees might actually be fruit trees – with annual crops like maize, sorghum or millet or pasture on the same land. Agroforestry combines agricultural and forestry technologies

To become less damaging, target non-forest lands for palm oil, says book – eco-business.com


eco-business.com

To become less damaging, target non-forest lands for palm oil, says book
eco-business.com
But the authors are hopeful, concluding with an examination of potential options, including intensification of existing plantations, incentives for expansion on non-forest lands, ecological landscape planning, and agroforestry techniques for production.

“World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology” – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

“World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology”
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
The speakers are experts in their fields of science, and will talk on the issues that New Zealand must consider, in regard to agroecology, organic, chemical and GMO agricultural systems that will help to build a thriving export market economy

The right to food and a good environment ― Cristina Eghenter – The Malay Mail Online

The right to food and a good environment ― Cristina Eghenter
The Malay Mail Online
We know that traditional and family farming are by-and-large based on a diversity of cultivars and uses, intense agroforestry and ecological agricultural practices, and hence the role of this mode of food and agricultural production in protecting the

Breaking News: USDA and EPA Clearly Enlist™ to Ignore Science and Protect … – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)

Breaking News: USDA and EPA Clearly Enlist™ to Ignore Science and Protect
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)
Ecologists refer to that space as a “niche.” Applying ecology to agriculture is the science of agroecology. The highest form of this knowledge applied to weed control reveals that the most effective strategy is to prevent the weed from expressing in

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Four named Outstanding Alumni by College of Ag Sciences

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four of its graduates with 2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards. Named Outstanding Alumni were N. Allen Blair, of Lancaster; Siree Chaiseri, of Bangkok, Thailand; and Calvin Ernst, of Meadville. Justin Runyon, of Bozeman, Montana, was named Outstanding Recent Alumnus, an award that honors alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years.

Small Scale Food Producers Are The Solution To The Global Food Crisis – CounterCurrents.org

Small Scale Food Producers Are The Solution To The Global Food Crisis
CounterCurrents.org
In the past few years, new evidence from several United Nations agencies has recognized agroecology as the most effective way to tackle the multiple crises of hunger, environmental damage and poverty. A 2011 analysis of agro-ecology (pdf) found that it …

AfDB Approves 10 Million Euro Investment in Agroforestry – IISD Reporting Services

AfDB Approves 10 Million Euro Investment in Agroforestry
IISD Reporting Services
8 October 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a 10 million Euro investment in agroforestry through the Moringa Private Equity Fund. The fund will be used to support projects that combine tree plantations with agricultural production

FAO Journal Explores Agroforestry and Urban Food Security Links in Africa – IISD Reporting Services

FAO Journal Explores Agroforestry and Urban Food Security Links in Africa
IISD Reporting Services
FAO October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released Volume 28, Issue 2 of its 'Nature & Faune Journal,' which focuses on 'Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa's Urban Food and Nutrition Equation.'.

Real solutions this World Food Day

Today is World Food Day and around the world, communities are taking a stand against hunger. But what solutions are put forward differs dramatically, depending on what one understands the “food problem” to be. For many, every day is World Food Day and presents both the necessity and opportunity to fight for farm and food justice as a matter of integrity and survival. Theirs (and ours) is a fight for food sovereignty, tackling the problems of hunger and our inequitable, imbalanced food system at their source.

For others, the Monsantos of the world, this day marks an opportunity to further push false, pesticide-dependent solutions to real problems. But democratizing our food system is the most powerful way I know to solve the underlying problems that World Food Day highlights — and people around the world are coming together to make it happen.

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GE labeling in Oregon & beyond

As I strolled through downtown Ashland, Oregon, last week, I was struck by how many “Yes on 92” signs and stickers I saw. There is clear, visible support from businesses and individuals for the measure to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.

And as the measure heads for a vote on November 4, industrial agriculture groups are pulling out all the stops to keep this ballot initiative from winning. Even so, there is an incredible groundswell of support for labeling GE food in Oregon and beyond. Things are looking hopeful!

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To become less damaging, target non-forest lands for palm oil, says book – Mongabay.com


Mongabay.com

To become less damaging, target non-forest lands for palm oil, says book
Mongabay.com
But the authors are hopeful, concluding with an examination of potential options, including intensification of existing plantations, incentives for expansion on non-forest lands, ecological landscape planning, and agroforestry techniques for production.

Workshops help local residents apply permaculture principles to landscape – Moab Times Independent


Moab Times Independent

Workshops help local residents apply permaculture principles to landscape
Moab Times Independent
Utah State University-Moab Extension Sustainability recently held a free permaculture workshop to teach participants how to design a future Moab Bee Inspired Garden at the Aarchway Inn. USU and the Moab Bee Inspired Gardens initiative have planted …

‘Thank You Tree’ Contributes to a Better Environment, and Fights Poverty – The Epoch Times


The Epoch Times

'Thank You Tree' Contributes to a Better Environment, and Fights Poverty
The Epoch Times
The 'Thank you tree', designed by Swedish artist Lasse Åberg, represents a number of trees planted in Africa, and is meant to replace cut flowers as a gift to performers. (Courtesy of Vi Agroforestry) …