Will the World Bank get truly climate smart? – Bretton Woods Observer


Bretton Woods Observer

Will the World Bank get truly climate smart?
Bretton Woods Observer
Such intensified 'agroecological' farms can enhance food security, maintain greater levels of biodiversity, and provide resilience against climate extremes. But it will take a revolution in financial and economic incentives to allow them to compete

Registration open for orchard crops management class – Iowa City Press Citizen


Iowa City Press Citizen

Registration open for orchard crops management class
Iowa City Press Citizen
“The Edible Agroforestry Templates” publication was developed by Backyard Abundance to help growers successfully design forest-inspired agricultural systems. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship funded the development of the …

Block cropping pitted against integration method – Science Network Western Australia

Block cropping pitted against integration method
Science Network Western Australia
“At this site, mallee monocultures harvested on a rotation of five or more years would produce more biomass than crop monocultures, and mallee agroforestry would produce the least biomass because of the uncropped areas next to the trees,” he says.

Christian Reformed Church Takes ‘Go and See’ Attitude on Climate Disruption … – Christian Post


Christian Post

Christian Reformed Church Takes 'Go and See' Attitude on Climate Disruption
Christian Post
People on the ground in Kenya just can't miss the effects of extreme weather afflicting the country: desperate farmers turning to conservation agriculture and agroforestry to deal with the onslaught of droughts; slum dwellers in Nairobi's enormous

International Forum on Agroecology Declaration brings common understanding … – EIN News Zimbabwe

International Forum on Agroecology Declaration brings common understanding
EIN News Zimbabwe
Details Published on Friday, 20 March 2015 17:51 LVC, MaB, MAELA, ROPPA, WFF, WFFP, WAMIP, IPC For immediate release Zimbabwe, Harare, 18 March 2015 – “Agroecology is political; it requires us to challenge and transform structures of power in …

Agriculture leaders outline priorities for Defra – FarmersWeekly

Agriculture leaders outline priorities for Defra
FarmersWeekly
They should set targets for improving soil organic matter, and incentivise farmers to switch away from maize, or at least ensure it is undersown to stop erosion.” Agroforestry has great potential to improve productivity and stabilise soils, so the next

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Perma-planning: Workshop held for permaculture park – Marquette Mining Journal

Perma-planning: Workshop held for permaculture park
Marquette Mining Journal
MARQUETTE – Sometime down the road, you could see apples, pears, blueberries and currants growing in the Chocolay Permaculture Park. Wednesday marked the first workshop, with field days also planned, for the proposed park located on 14 acres of …

Rich men in London still deciding Africa’s future – Starr 103.5 FM


Starr 103.5 FM

Rich men in London still deciding Africa's future
Starr 103.5 FM
Report after report suggests that support for conventional agriculture, agroecology and local economies is required, especially in the Global South. Instead, Western governments are supporting powerful corporations with taxpayers money whose thrust via

Nonprofit Resilience Hub seeks hosts for permaculture design project – Press Herald

Nonprofit Resilience Hub seeks hosts for permaculture design project
Press Herald
Something like an old-fashioned barn raising, a Permablitz is a daylong work party in which a group of volunteers help implement permaculture design. To avoid sounding like those circular dictionary definitions (“melodic” defined as “melodious”), let

Organic mushroom farm sprouts up in Sullivan city – Valley morning Star

Organic mushroom farm sprouts up in Sullivan city
Valley morning Star
Barreto is a biology minor and anthropology major at the University of Texas-Pan American and said he hopes to conduct research through the University's agroecology program before he graduates. Both of the first-time farmers said they work as

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The GM crops debate: Campaigners for and against go head-to-head – The Independent

The GM crops debate: Campaigners for and against go head-to-head
The Independent
In line with the conclusion of the IAASTD report on agriculture, authored by over 400 scientists and sponsored by the UN and World Bank, those solutions are likely to be found in agroecology and natural breeding – not GM. Yours,. Claire. Dear Claire

Wildfire critical in calculating carbon-payback time for biomass energy projects

Accounting for wildfire is essential in achieving an accurate and realistic calculation of the carbon payback period associated with converting forest biomass into energy, according to a new study. Researchers said their analysis of carbon-accounting methods is expected to inform the scientific debate about the sustainability of such conversion projects.

Timber 2015 expo a showcase for Pennsylvania forest products industry

Pennsylvania’s large forest-products industry will be showcased during the 2015 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, June 5-6 at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs. Known as Timber 2015, the biennial trade exposition is hosted by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. Parking and admission are free.

WhyHunger Releases New Agroecology Publication

WhyHunger has released its first agroecology publication, “Agroecology: Putting Food Sovereignty into Action.” The publication shares the knowledge and perspectives of 10 social movement leaders who are working to “scale up” agroecology around the world. It also highlights the social, political, cultural, nutritional and spiritual meanings of agroecology from within communities that have been negatively impacted by the commodification of food. This project was spearheaded by WhyHunger’s Global Movements Program with the support of partners such as La Via Campesina International and the World March of Women.

Download the publication here.

Strengthening alliances for agroecology in Latin America – News from AgriCultures Network

Strengthening alliances for agroecology in Latin America
News from AgriCultures Network
March 2015: Between 16 and 21 March, friends and allies of Groundswell International visited our member organisation AS-PTA and the family farmers they work with. The visit was an important opportunity to exchange some of the agroecological knowledge …

In wake of Owen Paterson rebuke of anti-GMO ‘Green Blob’, advocates and … – Genetic Literacy Project


Genetic Literacy Project

In wake of Owen Paterson rebuke of anti-GMO 'Green Blob', advocates and
Genetic Literacy Project
According to Todhunter, numerous agroeecological analyses have concluded that GMOs are not necessary to feed the world (although he also wrote in a previous public exchange that agroecological approaches alone aren't the end-all solution but merely …

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Initiative to create center for agricultural research and education in Ukraine

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences will collaborate with CRDF Global, an independent nonprofit that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration, to establish the Research and Education Center for Agricultural Technologies in Ukraine. The initiative is supported by $20,000 in seed funding from the Woskob New Century Fund, an endowment that bolsters the University’s commitment to fostering connections between Pennsylvania and Ukraine.

China university rankings released, Yunnan gets low marks – GoKunming (blog)


GoKunming (blog)

China university rankings released, Yunnan gets low marks
GoKunming (blog)
The pilot program, began last year, allows new university students to apply for tuition grants if they plan to major in the fields of agriculture, agroforestry, medicine, mining, teaching or water conservancy. In return, qualified graduates will be

In wake of Owen Paterson rebuke of the anti-GMO ‘Green Blob’, advocates and … – Genetic Literacy Project


Genetic Literacy Project

In wake of Owen Paterson rebuke of the anti-GMO 'Green Blob', advocates and
Genetic Literacy Project
According to Todhunter, numerous agroeecological analyses have concluded that GMOs are not necessary to feed the world (although he also wrote in a previous public exchange that agroecological approaches alone aren't the end-all solution but merely …

Illegal cocoa plantations threaten Côte d’Ivoire’s parks and primates – Mongabay.com


Mongabay.com

Illegal cocoa plantations threaten Côte d'Ivoire's parks and primates
Mongabay.com
A number of agroforestry strategies could also potentially serve the needs of both local economies and ecosystems, wrote the researchers. The most promising of these is “shade-grown cocoa,” which doesn't require complete deforestation, and has already …

Can ‘Down to Earth’ Innovations Keep Hunger At Bay in the Sahel? – AllAfrica.com

Can 'Down to Earth' Innovations Keep Hunger At Bay in the Sahel?
AllAfrica.com
How do you finance Faidherbia nurseries to promote and expand this agroforestry farming system? Good quality compost also adds essential soil nutrients and improves soil structure but labour – time to collect and apply manure – and water availability

Public Release: 24-Mar-2015 UC Riverside ecologist receives 2015 Prigogine … – EurekAlert (press release)

Public Release: 24-Mar-2015 UC Riverside ecologist receives 2015 Prigogine
EurekAlert (press release)
Li is the director of three research centers: the International Center for Ecology and Sustainability, the International Center for Arid Land Ecology and the U.S. Department of Agriculture — China Joint Research Center for AgroEcology and Sustainability.

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The Issues Surrounding Genetically Modified Foods – NDTV


NDTV

The Issues Surrounding Genetically Modified Foods
NDTV
And it's been adequately demonstrated that crop rotation, the use of organic fertilizers, interplanting of varieties of crops, and other ecologically informed techniques commonly grouped together under the term “agroecology” can effectively reduce the

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New report: On cancer risk & strawberry fields

Last fall PAN partnered with Justin Matlow, a concerned parent and teacher in the heart of California's strawberry-growing country, to monitor for pesticide drift. Today — to mark Cesar Chavez day — we joined Justin, farmworker advocates and other community partners to release our findings.

What did the data show? In short, our Drift Catcher project found that when the cancer-causing pesticide chloropicrin was being applied in a nearby field, concentrations in the air near Justin's Watsonville home were at or above levels considered "of concern" by both state and federal agencies. For the sake of thousands of California families living near strawberry fields, we hope the regulators are paying attention.

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Historic hay barn rises again to become a center for sustainability programs – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

Historic hay barn rises again to become a center for sustainability programs
UC Santa Cruz
barn-bent-rising-760.jpg The first "bent," a cross beam, posts, and supports joined by wooden pegs, is hoisted into place by a crane early Saturday morning while others, already assembled, await their turn on the new barn's concrete slab. (Photos by

Abnormal planting seasons might be the new norm in Upper Midwest ag – Grand Forks Herald

Abnormal planting seasons might be the new norm in Upper Midwest ag
Grand Forks Herald
Most Montana farmers are concerned about moisture, says Bruce Maxwell, professor of agroecology at Montana State University. What's clear, though, is that early signals point to a potential repeat of 2012, “arguably our earliest spring season ever

Historic hay barn rises again to become center for sustainability programs – UC Santa Cruz

Historic hay barn rises again to become center for sustainability programs
UC Santa Cruz
barn-bent-rising-760.jpg The first "bent," a cross beam, posts, and supports joined by wooden pegs, is hoisted into place by a crane early Saturday morning while others, already assembled, await their turn on the new barn's concrete slab. (Photos by

Biosafety authority ‘toothless’ – conservationists – Zambia Daily Mail


Zambia Daily Mail

Biosafety authority 'toothless' – conservationists
Zambia Daily Mail
THE Zambia Alliance for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity Conservation (ZAABC) says there is an influx of genetically-modified (GM) food products in some supermarkets due to failure by the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) to carry out its mandate

Honoring farmworkers on Cesar Chavez day

Each year at the end of March we join partners across the country celebrating National Farmworker Awareness Week, a nationwide event honoring farmworkers and their families. The celebration culminates today, on Cesar Chavez Day.

A week set aside to raise awareness about the more than two million workers who plant, tend and harvest our food is a wonderful opportunity. This year, we invite you to explore — and share — the great resources below as National Farmworker Awareness Week (#NFAW) wraps up.

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Empire and Colonialism: Rich Men in London Still Deciding Africa’s Future – RINF Alternative News


RINF Alternative News

Empire and Colonialism: Rich Men in London Still Deciding Africa's Future
RINF Alternative News
Report after report suggests that support for conventional agriculture, agroecology and local economies is required, especially in the Global South. Instead, Western governments are supporting powerful corporations with taxpayers money whose thrust via

FNC, Pur Project Will Plant Five Million Native Trees In Colombian Coffee … – VendingMarketWatch

FNC, Pur Project Will Plant Five Million Native Trees In Colombian Coffee
VendingMarketWatch
Pur Projet is a collective of associated structures that assists companies in incorporating climate issues into their institutional essence and businesses, mainly through the regeneration and preservation of ecosystems (agroforestry, reforestation

ActionAid says Uganda counterpart has apologised after official spoke out … – Third Sector


Third Sector

ActionAid says Uganda counterpart has apologised after official spoke out
Third Sector
… we ask that they do so through the lens of our expertise. "That lies in tackling rural poverty through the promotion of sustainable agriculture. ActionAid works with tens of thousands of poor farmers worldwide in agro-ecology that encourages

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Water Symposium to make a splash in the HUB this Earth Day

Research and art representing a diverse array of colleges and disciplines at Penn State will flood the HUB for the first-ever Water Symposium this Earth Day, April 22. The Water Symposium will bring together a diverse group with specialties not only in water research, but also in arts and architecture, visual arts, and other areas to show Penn State’s commitment to interdisciplinary work.

Secretive and seedy: how aid donors are opening the agribusiness flood gates – Open Democracy


Open Democracy

Secretive and seedy: how aid donors are opening the agribusiness flood gates
Open Democracy
It is also clear about the solution, stating that agroecology, within a food sovereignty framework, offers us a collective path through the current food crisis. A truly sustainable food system recognises the fundamental contribution that small farmers

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Africa: Kenya Launches Africa’s First Water Fund to Combat Shortages – AllAfrica.com

Africa: Kenya Launches Africa's First Water Fund to Combat Shortages
AllAfrica.com
Nairobi — Kenya launched Africa's first water fund on Friday, a public-private partnership aimed at raising $15 million to provide clean water to 9.3 million people by protecting the basin of the country's longest river. The Nature Conservancy, a U.S

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In Bid to Up Green Cover, TNAU forms Industrial Agroforestry Consortium – The New Indian Express

In Bid to Up Green Cover, TNAU forms Industrial Agroforestry Consortium
The New Indian Express
The Forest College and Research Institute (FCRI) implemented a National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) on Industrial Agroforestry from 2008 to 2014. In order to take advantage of the progress made in this project, the institute has
Consortium to improve green cover in Tamil Nadu Hindu Business Line



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Food Democracy South And North: From Food Sovereignty To Transition Initiatives – CounterCurrents.org


CounterCurrents.org

Food Democracy South And North: From Food Sovereignty To Transition Initiatives
CounterCurrents.org
Fifth, finally, the motivations and interests of food sovereignty are closely aligned with those of agroecology. As a contribution to the science of agronomics, agroecology aims to reduce the use of external fossil-based inputs, to recycle waste, and

Edible Education 101 at UC Berkeley | Stephen Gliessman

“Sustainable Farming through Agroecology” with Stephen Gliessman and Mark Bittman 

CAN Board President and co-founder Stephen Gliessman is giving a lecture on March 30 for the online course, Edible Education 101. This course was “created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebration of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project, launched the course in partnership with University of California, Berkeley to bring edible education to the university level. The course, a unique hybrid public lecture series and for-credit class, has been offered to undergraduate students and members of the general public for four semesters since 2011.” The 2015 course is co-hosted by Mark Bittman and Robert Haas.

The course has three parts:

Part I: The Trouble with the Food System

Part II: Getting Back to the Right Food System

Part III: Building the Food Movement

To learn more about the course, visit the website.

Cowell Ranch Hay Barn bridges past and future at UC Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Cowell Ranch Hay Barn bridges past and future at UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Sentinel
The barn will be the university's new headquarters for its Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and leaders expect classes, exhibitions, assemblies and barn dances in the building when it opens in September. “We're looking at something …

TNAU launches Consortium of Industrial Agroforestry – Business Standard

TNAU launches Consortium of Industrial Agroforestry
Business Standard
A Consortium of Industrial Agroforestry was launched today at Forest College and Research Institute, a constituent college of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), at Mettupalayam. A consortium of this type would help bring farmers, research

UC Riverside Ecologist Receives 2015 Prigogine Gold Medal – UCR Today (press release)

UC Riverside Ecologist Receives 2015 Prigogine Gold Medal
UCR Today (press release)
Li is the director of three research centers: the International Center for Ecology and Sustainability, the International Center for Arid Land Ecology and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – China Joint Research Center for AgroEcology and Sustainability.

Permaculture Creates an Oasis in the Middle East – Guardian Liberty Voice


Guardian Liberty Voice

Permaculture Creates an Oasis in the Middle East
Guardian Liberty Voice
His name is Geoff Lawton, and he has worked all over the planet, teaching people how to work with nature to provide an abundance of food in even the most inhospitable of climates through the use of a method of agriculture called permaculture

April 7 talk to explore alleviating food insecurity in the U.S.

What we know and what we need to know about food insecurity in the United States will be the topic of the 2015 M.E. John Lecture, presented by Craig Gunderson, the Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy at the University of Illinois. The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will take place at 2:30 p.m. April 7 in the Faculty and Staff Club Room at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Unknown Pleasures: Permaculture Takes Root in Trenton – Planet Princeton


Planet Princeton

Unknown Pleasures: Permaculture Takes Root in Trenton
Planet Princeton
Permaculture is a design science based on ethics, said McGurk, derived in large part from the traditional knowledge of indigenous people who lived close to their land for eons before industrial society and industrial farming spread across the globe

Kenya launches Africa’s first water fund to combat shortages – Business Insider

Kenya launches Africa's first water fund to combat shortages
Business Insider
The fund plans to invest in agroforestry, drip irrigation, terracing and planting vegetation on riverbanks. It has started a pilot in which 5,000 farmers belonging to the Green Belt Movement, founded by Kenya's Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the late

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Green entrepreneurship: Empowering farmers for sustainable future – Zambia Daily Mail


Zambia Daily Mail

Green entrepreneurship: Empowering farmers for sustainable future
Zambia Daily Mail
Mr Shenton cited Niger's successful reforestation scheme as an example of how agroforestry and green farming can help improve farmers' yields as well as improve soil cover and water retention. Following a bad drought in Niger in 1984, farmers who still

Growers told to ‘start thinking as biologists’ – Horticulture Week


Horticulture Week

Growers told to 'start thinking as biologists'
Horticulture Week
'Agro-ecology' is complex. It's interesting, it's exciting." She explained that among new developments in the biopesticides market is the EU's PURE project, which is researching the use of sugars to stimulate defence mechanisms in plants. European …

Iowa lawmakers tackle pesticide drift

In Iowa, two proposed laws would have provided support to farmers facing crop damage from drifting herbicides, and improved reporting and regulations around drift. While the laws were introduced this session, they will not be moving forward but the Iowa Farmers Union (IFU), PAN and other coalition partners have put the drift issue front and center on the legislative agenda in Des Moines.

A statewide, farmer-led coalition supporting these bills are asking for things like improved liability insurance and more readily available information about pesticide use and drift incidents. These are important pieces of legislation for small farmers growing healthy, local food for Iowa communities.

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Civil society denounces World Bank conference on land, poverty – Daily Times

Civil society denounces World Bank conference on land, poverty
Daily Times
… fostered by the World Bank – of corporate control over natural resources as necessary and sufficient to make poverty history through astronomical growth. In fact poverty can only be eradicated through agro-ecology practiced by peasants with state

Home and Garden Digest, March 20, 2015: Alladin Nursery hosting bonsai … – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Home and Garden Digest, March 20, 2015: Alladin Nursery hosting bonsai
Santa Cruz Sentinel
The UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, which runs the UCSC Farm and Garden, has released the third edition of its organic farming handbook “Teaching Organic Farming and Gardening: Resources for Instructors.”.

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US Agencies, Gates Foundation, and Monsanto Trying to Force Unwilling African … – Center for Research on Globalization


Center for Research on Globalization

US Agencies, Gates Foundation, and Monsanto Trying to Force Unwilling African
Center for Research on Globalization
In March 2011 the UN Special rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, released a report, “Agro-ecology and the right to food”, which demonstrates that agroecology, if sufficiently supported, can double food production in entire regions

Empowering Women in Agriculture With Environmental Knowledge – AllAfrica.com

Empowering Women in Agriculture With Environmental Knowledge
AllAfrica.com
Mary Njenga, a bio-energy and environmental scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), who comes from a tea-growing family in the region, said that the ITC-backed training is efficient in raising awareness of climate change and environmental

Activists slam timber investment plan | Bangkok Post: news – Bangkok Post

Activists slam timber investment plan | Bangkok Post: news
Bangkok Post
We have a lot of alternative ways to make our land productive using sustainable methods such as agroforestry, traditional agriculture and tree bank schemes — where tree planting is encouraged on a massive scale so that locals can generate income from

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Sisters are doin’ it for themselves!

A song's been running through my head for several days now: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves.

This International Women's History Month, I've been thinking about how women around the world are "standing on their own two feet, and ringin' on their own bells" on behalf of a fair, safe and sustainable global food system.

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