Education, poverty eradication draw most firms’ CSR funds – Livemint


Livemint

Education, poverty eradication draw most firms' CSR funds
Livemint
Activities included ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, protection of flora and fauna, animal welfare, agroforestry, conservation of natural resources and maintaining quality of soil, air and water. Tree plantation was a

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Lack of Resources Could Create 50 Million Climate Migrants in Decade, Says Report – Newsweek


Newsweek

Lack of Resources Could Create 50 Million Climate Migrants in Decade, Says Report
Newsweek
Fifty million refugees fleeing hunger and poverty could be created in the next 10 years unless the world's land degradation crisis is addressed, according to a new U.N.-backed report. The report, titled The Value of Land, estimates that between $6.3

Entrepreneur launches project to conserve environment, alleviate poverty – Hivisasa.Com (registration)


Hivisasa.Com (registration)

Entrepreneur launches project to conserve environment, alleviate poverty
Hivisasa.Com (registration)
An entrepreneur in Lari, Kiambu County, Mr Samuel Muriuki has launched an Agroforestry Project aimed at increasing forest cover not only for environmental conservation, but also for purposes of self economic viability. Speaking at Nyanduma during a

New Book Shows Companies How to Lift People out of Extreme Poverty While … – Newswise (press release)

New Book Shows Companies How to Lift People out of Extreme Poverty While
Newswise (press release)
Unfortunately, a fresh round of investment capital five years after its initial launch created pressure for CleanStar to focus the business exclusively on the sale of cleanstoves, resulting in the suspension of its agroforestry and ethanol production

Yaya Touré: Africa’s youth can be driving force to win the development game – The Guardian


The Guardian

Yaya Touré: Africa's youth can be driving force to win the development game
The Guardian
They must keep their promises to invest in agriculture to grow more and better food integrating sustainability, climate resilience and agro-ecology. It is the best way to lift the poorest out of extreme poverty, to feed healthy bodies and minds

Yaya Toure: Africa needs to invest in its youth, education and agriculture – Nyasa Times

Yaya Toure: Africa needs to invest in its youth, education and agriculture
Nyasa Times
Leaders in Africa and around the world must do a better job of keeping their promises to invest in agriculture integrating sustainability, climate resilience and agro-ecology. It is still the best investment to lift the poorest out of extreme poverty

Nepal’s community forests fight poverty and destruction – Deutsche Welle


Deutsche Welle

Nepal's community forests fight poverty and destruction
Deutsche Welle
… Forestry Research noted that no comprehensive study on the impact of community forestry on rural poverty exists, it said they have made a contribution to local livelihoods through provision of forest resources and products for locals, as well as

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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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

The Heat Is On: Via Campesina and Allies Challenge Climate Capitalism – Huffington Post

The Heat Is On: Via Campesina and Allies Challenge Climate Capitalism
Huffington Post
"Agroecology can double food production in entire regions within ten years, while mitigating climate change and alleviating rural poverty," stated Olivier de Schutter, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food upon presentation of his March

Steve Gliessman Keynote Speaker | Rose Cohen Speaker | USAID Symposium

CAN Board president Steve Gliessman (Professor Emeritus of Agroecology, UCSC) and CAN Executive Director Roseann Cohen head to Washington, D.C. to attend “Design for Resilience in Smallholder Farming Systems: Symposium and Consultation on Agroecological Principles, Design and Practice.” As keynote speaker, Steve will lay the foundation for agroecological principles and design, providing the foundation for the two days of discussion.

Rose will present a case study of the obstacles to adoption of agroecological principles, using CAN’s experiences in overcoming most of the obstacles faced by changing hunger and poverty through agroecology. Focusing on CAN’s work in rural communities in Central America and Mexico, Rose will present examples of how to work with communities to engage them successfully in agroecological transformation.

Rose is speaking in the session, “Effective Adoption of Agroecological Principles.” The purpose of this session is to offer the opportunity to discuss constraints to wider adoption and diffusion of agroecological practices, especially among smallholders living in marginal areas, and the technical and institutional solutions to overcome them.

The audience for this symposium is staff members from USAID and Private Voluntary Organizations, such as Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, World Vision, ACDI/VOCA, and others who are part of USAID’s Food for Peace Program.

Finding Solutions That Nourish Ourselves and Protect the Planet – EcoWatch


EcoWatch

Finding Solutions That Nourish Ourselves and Protect the Planet
EcoWatch
Food Tank talks about everything from agroforestry to food deserts: anything this fresh that's in pursuit of solutions that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity and poverty always grabs my

Deforestation, agricultural development and the cycle of poverty – Triple Pundit (blog)


Triple Pundit (blog)

Deforestation, agricultural development and the cycle of poverty
Triple Pundit (blog)
Among a host of associated sustainable benefits, the payback for farmers has been healthier soils, land and water resources, higher quality crops, and greater yields. In sum, after five years the agroforestry project has resulted in a sustainable

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Timberland Agroforestry Project Breaks Cycle of Poverty in Haiti – Triple Pundit (blog)


Triple Pundit (blog)

Timberland Agroforestry Project Breaks Cycle of Poverty in Haiti
Triple Pundit (blog)
The community agroforestry development model SFA and Timberland put into effect in the rural Haitian community of Gonaïves has boosted agricultural output by some 50 percent, lowered input costs and significantly raised net incomes for farmers and

Food activist Raj Patel to speak at Hidden Villa – Palo Alto Online (blog)

Food activist Raj Patel to speak at Hidden Villa
Palo Alto Online (blog)
He is also a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy, an Oakland nonprofit and food think-thank (also known as Food First) that focuses on issues like food justice, poverty, labor, hunger, agroecology. At the free Hidden Villa talk

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‘Home gardens’ can tackle poverty, need modernisation – Khaleej Times

'Home gardens' can tackle poverty, need modernisation
Khaleej Times
A form of agroforestry practised in lands adjoining residences in villages, HGs consist of multiple-farming components, such as crops, trees, shrubs, livestock and fishery, which to their keepers are crucial for livelihood, food security and ecosystem

‘Home gardens’ can tackle poverty, need modernisation, scientists say – gulfnews.com

'Home gardens' can tackle poverty, need modernisation, scientists say
gulfnews.com
A form of agroforestry practised in lands adjoining residences in villages, HGs consist of multiple-farming components, such as crops, trees, shrubs, livestock and fishery, which to their keepers are crucial for livelihood, food security and ecosystem

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‘Home gardens’ can tackle poverty, need modernisation: Scientists – Daijiworld.com

'Home gardens' can tackle poverty, need modernisation: Scientists
Daijiworld.com
A form of agroforestry practised in lands adjoining residences in villages, HGs consist of multiple-farming components, such as crops, trees, shrubs, livestock and fishery, which to their keepers are crucial for livelihood, food security and ecosystem

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‘Home gardens’ can tackle poverty, need modernisation: Scientists – Business Standard

'Home gardens' can tackle poverty, need modernisation: Scientists
Business Standard
A form of agroforestry practised in lands adjoining residences in villages, HGs consist of multiple-farming components, such as crops, trees, shrubs, livestock and fishery, which to their keepers are crucial for livelihood, food security and ecosystem

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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 …

‘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) …

Opening a Window in the Cathedral of the Green Revolution | Steve Gliessman and Pablo Tittonell

Posted in: News   Topics: Agroecology and Food Systems,


“Agroecology is opening a window in the ‘Cathedral of the Green Revolution.” With these words, the Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr. José Graziano da Silva, began his closing remarks at the end of the two-day symposium titled “Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition,” held at FAO’s headquarters in Rome, Italy, September 18-19, 2014. He was referring to the impressive results of two days of presentations, discussions, and debate about how agroecology must be considered as a key focus for developing global alternatives for solving the complex issues of hunger, poverty, food production, climate change, and agricultural sustainability.

More than 400 participants from over 30 countries gathered to take part in what was a ground-breaking symposium. For the first time the FAO considered the importance of agroecology as an organizing principle for future programs in food security and nutrition. The focus was not just on increasing production. It was on understanding food systems as cultural systems, with people at the center of the system, rather than the current industrial model focused on yield maximization at all costs, the use of non-renewable resources, and using all available production technologies. Ecological and social diversity and complexity, rather than simplicity and homogeneity, were called for as alternatives to the extractive and degrading monoculture approach that dominates the world’s food systems today.

Download the complete editorial by Steve Gliessman and Pablo Tittonell. [Reprinted with permission: Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Volume 39, issue 2 (In Press)]
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High Poverty: Medicinal Plants Offer Way Forward for Nepal’s Mountain … – New Security Beat


New Security Beat

High Poverty: Medicinal Plants Offer Way Forward for Nepal's Mountain
New Security Beat
Agroforestry work related to the project has contributed to restoring tree cover to over 550 hectares of degraded land. Wild harvesting has put Himalayan yew on the endangered list, but the farmers we work with have now planted some 225,000 seedlings, …

Agroecology and Social Transformation


Reprinted from: Gliessman, S.R. 2014. “Agroecology and Social Transformation. Editorial.” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Volume 38, issue 1.

Agroecology and Social Transformation

With its foundation in the three interconnected areas of science, practice, and social change movements, agroecology must position itself to guarantee food sovereignty, food security, and food justice for all people, in rural as well as urban communities.  This will require the transformation of the current agro-food system that has created an extensive environmental, political, economic, financial, and food system crisis. This crisis faces all of modern civilization, by the expanding inequality, increasing poverty, and environmental degradation caused by the multi-national corporations that monopolize the modern food chain.   Add to this climate change and the disastrous impact of the current coffee rust epidemic in Central America, and the urgency for food system transformation is paramount. We look to agroecology for ways to ensure this transformation happens as soon as possible.

The above paragraph is a summary of the declaration drawn up by the 45 participants from 11 countries in the 15th International Agroecology Shortcourse that took place at the Estelimar Center in Estelí, Nicaragua July 6-18, 2014. Co-sponsored by the non-profit Community Agroecology Network (CAN) and The Association for Social Development of Nicaragua (ASDENIC), the course was titled “Agroecology and Social Transformation: transdisciplinarity, health, and human development.” Through a combination of lectures, community forums, posters, panel discussions, site visits, and participatory interactions in communities where agroecological transformation is in progress, participants received a broad introduction to agroecology as an action-oriented endeavor. Everyone came away with the full realization that agroecology offers important tools for transforming food systems by working at the local level and with local knowledge as a foundation. From there, science and practice can be linked to establish alternative food systems for all people, and can provide models for the transformation of our food systems to sustainability.

At the same time, course participants voiced strongly that agroecology must not be captured by or try to conform its goals and objectives to the current food system. By linking ways of knowing and different knowledge systems from which can emerge new ways of action, the transdisciplinary power of agroecology can emerge and truly transformative change will occur. To learn more about the course, visit the CAN website in English at www.canunite.org, or the ASDENIC website in Spanish at www.asdenic.org.

This important theme is highlighted in the article by Levidow et al. (2014) in this issue of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.  If agroecology is going to contribute to real change, especially away from the monocultural, large-scale, external input-intensive, socially unjust, and corporate concentration of the current industrial model of food systems, the commitment to transformational change and alignment with social movements working for food system change is paramount. The attempt to consider the approach of “sustainable intensification” as agroecology is an example of conforming with the current paradigm.  Intensification focused primarily on increasing yields and efficiency, without changing the dominant paradigm, is not sustainable nor is it agroecology in its complete definition. 

Our journal looks forward to promoting and publishing examples of “transformational” agroecology, where science, productive practice, and social change are combined. This is why we are the journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

Steve Gliessman

Editor, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

Reference: Levidow, L., M. Pimbert, and G. Vanloqueren.  2014. “Agroecological research: Conforming – or transforming the dominant agro-food regime?” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. 38(10): In press.

 

 

Steve Gliessman Named to Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)

Posted in: News   Topics: About CAN,


CAN’s co-founder and chair of the Board of Directors, Dr. Stephen Gliessman, (Professor Emeritus of Agroecology, University of California, Santa Cruz) has been appointed to an international panel of experts on sustainable food systems. The panel is co-chaired by Dr. Olivia Yambi, nutritionist and former UNICEF representative to Kenya, and Prof. Olivier De Schutter, who recently completed his term as U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. 

The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation established the IPES-Food initiative, which addresses one of the three areas of action targeted by the International Scientific Committee of the Foundation: evidence-based advocacy on sustainable food systems and diets. The aim is to provide “…policy makers, the private sector and the public at large with the evidence to guide a transition towards sustainable food systems and diets.”
Steve tells us that the plan is for the Panel to be affiliated with the United Nations, probably the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Over a period of three years, the Panel will prepare a vision for the future of food, as well as an agenda for change that will be backed by the latest research, similar to the recent report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Steve is one of the first 10 experts invited to join the Panel, which will eventually include 20–30 interdisciplinary international experts in all food-system components. Discussing the work of the panel, Oliver De Schutter stated: “Producing more food will not do. Food systems must be reshaped with a view to ensuring social equity and the reduction of rural poverty, protecting our resource base and delivering better health outcomes.  Multidisciplinary research is urgently needed to promote adequate solutions at policy and global levels. And it must include an analysis of consumer behaviour, to encourage sustainable consumption as an integral part of food systems reform.”

In mid-September 2014, Steve will be traveling to Rome, Italy, to participate in a FAO-sponsored International Agroecology Conference for Food Security and Nutrition. Steve is chairing the first day of the event, where a large group of international researchers will be presenting their projects and results. In addition to his work on the Panel, Steve has also been invited by the Smith Foundation to present his agroecological vision at a meeting of their board of directors in November, as well as help guide some of their future grant giving.

At the upcoming XV Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse (July 6-18, 2014) in Estelí, Nicaragua, Steve and CAN-affiliated researchers will be developing ideas for research projects that will involve all of the CAN network and demonstrate how to do Agroecology. Check back for updates later this summer.

Links:
Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems
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Steve Gliessman, author]

Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
[Steve Gliessman, editor: This journal is devoted to the rapidly emerging fields of agroecology and sustainable agriculture. The journal focuses on the changes that need to occur in the design and management of our food systems in order to balance natural resource use and environmental protection with the needs of production, economic viability, and social well-being.]

 

 

FAO: forests vital in sustainable development and reducing poverty – Blue & Green Tomorrow


Blue & Green Tomorrow

FAO: forests vital in sustainable development and reducing poverty
Blue & Green Tomorrow
Eva Mueller, director of the FAO's forestry division, added, “Forests, trees, farms and agroforestry systems contribute to food security, nutrition and livelihoods in several ways including as a direct source of food, fuel, employment and income. “As

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101 Facts That Make Us Hopeful About the Future of Food – The Women’s International Perspective

101 Facts That Make Us Hopeful About the Future of Food
The Women’s International Perspective
Through agroforestry—growing trees along with crops—communities can increase crop productivity and overcome global hunger and poverty, contributing to the livelihoods of more than 1.6 billion people. 2. According to Solar Cookers International, solar …

Interview: Developed countries should actively counter desertification: UN … – Shanghai Daily (subscription)


India Today

Interview: Developed countries should actively counter desertification: UN
Shanghai Daily (subscription)
Barbut said that in one of the projects in China, about 450,000 hectares of land have been restored through agroforestry and more importantly it alone has lifted 2.7 million people out of poverty. Barbut also said the UNCCD is trying to get fund for
Land Degradation: A Pathway to Nourishing the Future Is Found in Africa Huffington Post



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Agroecology and biotechnology in wrangles over food security – IPPmedia


IPPmedia

Agroecology and biotechnology in wrangles over food security
IPPmedia
Speaking during workshop whose them was 'Harnessing the Contribution off Agroecology and family for food security and rural livelihoods' in Dare s Salaam yesterday, Dr Shiva said that development and poverty reduction initiatives should be opposed and …

Iloilo POs get P1.8 assistance from DENR – Philippine Information Agency


Philippine Information Agency

Iloilo POs get P1.8 assistance from DENR
Philippine Information Agency
DENR 6 Forester Louie Laud said the financial assistance will be used to fund the agroforestry and livelihood projects of the PO beneficiaries that support the efforts of the government to mitigate poverty and the effects of climate change in upland

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Forget The Propaganda From Big Agritech, The Key To Reducing Poverty And … – CounterCurrents.org

Forget The Propaganda From Big Agritech, The Key To Reducing Poverty And
CounterCurrents.org
Numerous high level reports from the UN and development agencies have argued in favour of small farmers and agro-ecology, but this has not been translated into real action on the ground where peasant farmers increasingly face marginalisation and …

Changes in rural poverty and politics the focus of April 9 talk

Cynthia “Mil” Duncan, research director for AGree, a food and agriculture policy program in Washington, D.C., will discuss the causes and persistence of rural poverty when she delivers the 2014 M.E. John Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The talk will take place at 2:30 p.m. on April 9 in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus.

Democracy and diversity can mend broken food systems – Scoop.co.nz (press release)


UN News Centre

Democracy and diversity can mend broken food systems
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
“Respect for their access to productive resources is key in this regard,” he added, calling for priority investments in agroecological and poverty-reducing forms of agriculture. Mr. De Schutter urged cities to take food security into their own hands
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Democracy and diversity can mend broken food systems | Scoop News – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Democracy and diversity can mend broken food systems | Scoop News
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
“Respect for their access to productive resources is key in this regard,” he added, calling for priority investments in agroecological and poverty-reducing forms of agriculture. Mr. De Schutter urged cities to take food security into their own hands

Reducing Guatemalan poverty through agroforestry – Thomson Reuters Foundation

Reducing Guatemalan poverty through agroforestry
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Since 1992, Anne Hallum of the Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR) has been working to reverse this trend through the education and empowerment of Guatemalan communities in the implementation of agroforestry. In the communities where Anne 

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FOREST HEROINE: Anne Hallum alleviates Guatemala poverty through … – Thomson Reuters Foundation

FOREST HEROINE: Anne Hallum alleviates Guatemala poverty through
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Since 1992, Anne Hallum of the Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR) has been working to reverse this trend through the education and empowerment of Guatemalan communities in the implementation of agroforestry. In the communities where Anne 

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FOREST HEROINE: Anne Hallum alleviates Guatemala poverty through … – TrustLaw

FOREST HEROINE: Anne Hallum alleviates Guatemala poverty through
TrustLaw
Since 1992, Anne Hallum of the Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR) has been working to reverse this trend through the education and empowerment of Guatemalan communities in the implementation of agroforestry. In the communities where Anne 

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FOREST HEROINE: Anne Hallum alleviates Guatemala poverty through … – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

FOREST HEROINE: Anne Hallum alleviates Guatemala poverty through
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
Since 1992, Anne Hallum of the Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR) has been working to reverse this trend through the education and empowerment of Guatemalan communities in the implementation of agroforestry. In the communities where Anne 

Anne Hallum alleviates Guatemala poverty through agroforestry – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Anne Hallum alleviates Guatemala poverty through agroforestry
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
Since 1992, Anne Hallum of the Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR) has been working to reverse this trend through the education and empowerment of Guatemalan communities in the implementation of agroforestry. In the communities where Anne 

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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CAN Named to List of Organizations to Watch in 2014

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We are very pleased to announce that CAN was named to Food Tank’s list of “organizations to watch in 2014.” Food Tank highlights organizations that are “showing the world that solutions to alleviating hunger, poverty, obesity, food waste, and environmental degradation not only exist, but have huge potential to be replicated and scaled-up.”

We are very proud of the work we do with our partners in Mexico and Central America. Our work together represents a decade-long effort of exploring in depth the challenges faced by rural farmers, of exchanging knowledge, of creating intercultural spaces — all critical elements for working together in a more horizontal way towards social and environmental justice.

We honored to be included on a list of so many esteemed organizations. We applaud them for their work in playing a vital part in creating a better food system.

 

CAN Named to Food Tank’s List of Organizations to Watch in 2014

Posted in: News   Topics: About CAN,


We are very pleased to announce that CAN was named to Food Tank’s list of “organizations to watch in 2014.” Food Tank highlights organizations that are “showing the world that solutions to alleviating hunger, poverty, obesity, food waste, and environmental degradation not only exist, but have huge potential to be replicated and scaled-up.”

We are very proud of the work we do with our partners in Mexico and Central America. Our work together represents a decade-long effort of exploring in depth the challenges faced by rural farmers, of exchanging knowledge, of creating intercultural spaces — all critical elements for working together in a more horizontal way towards social and environmental justice.

We honored to be included on a list of so many esteemed organizations. We applaud them for their work in playing a vital part in creating a better food system.

 

If we don’t confront climate change, we won’t end poverty- World Bank – Balkans.com Business News

If we don't confront climate change, we won't end poverty- World Bank
Balkans.com Business News
Under a deal with the Bank-led Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, Costa Rica became the first nation on track to access large performance-based payments for conserving its forests, regenerating degraded lands, and scaling up agro-forestry systems for 

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Family farmers can feed the world – why are we looking elsewhere? – Thanh Nien Daily


Thanh Nien Daily

Family farmers can feed the world – why are we looking elsewhere?
Thanh Nien Daily
For example, IFAD's Pro-Poor Partnerships for Agroforestry Development Project works to alleviate poverty predominantly affecting ethnic minorities in rural areas. The project provides farmers with strategies to maximize land use through the

Family Farming: The Key to Alleviating Hunger and Poverty – Imperial Valley News

Family Farming: The Key to Alleviating Hunger and Poverty
Imperial Valley News
New farming methods, such as agroecology or ecological intensification, increase yields while reducing environmental impacts. In an analysis of 40 projects and programs, sustainable techniques like agroforestry and soil conservation were found to

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Carbon projects for smallholder farmers can ‘reduce poverty’ – AfricanBrains

Carbon projects for smallholder farmers can 'reduce poverty'
AfricanBrains
By Marc Mcilhone / In Agriculture, Agroforestry, Government, Research / June 20, 2013. African Farmers Projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on small-scale farms can help African farmers access carbon markets and reduce poverty, and should be 

Harper Government boosts food production and economic growth in Africa – Newstime Africa

Harper Government boosts food production and economic growth in Africa
Newstime Africa
Today, in recognition of Earth Day, Pierre Lemieux, MP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, announced an agro-forestry initiative that will improve food production, reduce poverty and help African

Harper Government Boosts Food Production and Economic Growth in Africa – Marketwire (press release)

Harper Government Boosts Food Production and Economic Growth in Africa
Marketwire (press release)
Today, in recognition of Earth Day, Pierre Lemieux, MP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, announced an agro-forestry initiative that will improve food production, reduce poverty and help African

Don’t worry, GE labeling will not cause world hunger

The American movement to label genetically engineered (GE) foods is gaining ground. More states introduced GE labeling bills this year than ever before. And word from D.C. is that a federal labeling bill will be announced in the next week or so. Whether or not these initiatives pass in 2013, this much seems clear: we will win labeling of GE foods. It’s just a matter of time.

Naturally, the pesticide and biotech industry players have come out swinging with a host of dire but false predictions that food prices will rise and the sky will fall if people are allowed to know what’s in our food. The latest evidence of desperation comes from a long-time GE apologist, who now claims that labeling GE foods in the U.S. will exacerbate world hunger and poverty. Seriously?

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Haiti to plant millions of trees to boost forests and help tackle poverty – The Guardian


The Guardian

Haiti to plant millions of trees to boost forests and help tackle poverty
The Guardian
"The Haitian government has agreed to commit 10,000 hectares to the agroforestry initiative, which is currently at the feasibility study stage," said Clémentine Lalande, Haiti head of investments for Yunus Social Business. More tree cover is considered

Golden rice is no silver bullet: hunger needs a political solution – The Conversation

Golden rice is no silver bullet: hunger needs a political solution
The Conversation
They found that agroecology and locally based food economies are the best strategies for combating poverty and hunger. The UN's Olivier de Schutter has made similar calls. But these ideas receive short shrift from global policy makers and the industry.

Aid worker proposes solution to break Haiti’s vicious cycle of poverty – NBCNews.com (blog)

Aid worker proposes solution to break Haiti's vicious cycle of poverty
NBCNews.com (blog)
The “agro-forestry” project had to be successful by then because at that time Locke would walk away. It was an audacious plan but is it working? Locke is tracking the progress of the exist strategy aid project on his website. Locke's effort in Haiti

Dr. Dhani Ram Shandil reviews development schemes through video conferencing – India Education Diary

Dr. Dhani Ram Shandil reviews development schemes through video conferencing
India Education Diary
February 05, 2013. Rome: Millions of people could escape poverty, hunger and environmental degradation if countries put more effort into promoting agroforestry, an integrated approach combining trees with crop or livestock production, FAO said today.

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FAO: Agroforestry key to improving food security – Afrique en Ligue

FAO: Agroforestry key to improving food security
Afrique en Ligue
Agroforestry-Food security – Millions of people could escape poverty, hunger and environmental degradation if countries put more effort into promoting agroforestry, an integrated approach combining trees with crop or livestock production, the UN Food

Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo joins forces with Fairtrasa to market Peruvian Fair Trade … – The Produce News

Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo joins forces with Fairtrasa to market Peruvian Fair Trade
The Produce News
The company's mission, she added, is to alleviate poverty for marginalized growers, while protecting the environment using organic farming and agroecology practices. To extend its reach, Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo is collaborating with veteran Fair Trade

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Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo joins forces with Fairtrasa to market Peruvian Fair Trade … – TheProduceNews.com

Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo joins forces with Fairtrasa to market Peruvian Fair Trade
TheProduceNews.com
The company's mission, she added, is to alleviate poverty for marginalized growers, while protecting the environment using organic farming and agroecology practices. To extend its reach, Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo is collaborating with veteran Fair Trade

SAP Invests in Livelihoods Funds to Fight Climate Change and Poverty – Zawya (registration) (press release)


Zawya (registration) (press release)

SAP Invests in Livelihoods Funds to Fight Climate Change and Poverty
Zawya (registration) (press release)
Another example is the plantation of 6,000 hectares of agroforestry with 20,000 small farmers in India, which will provide a mix of fruits, timber and cash crops under shade. While improving the livelihoods of impoverished people, these two projects

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Potential of bamboo to alleviate poverty in rural China remains untapped: Expert – Reuters AlertNet (blog)

Potential of bamboo to alleviate poverty in rural China remains untapped: Expert
Reuters AlertNet (blog)
development and poverty alleviation.” This new publication forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and Charles Darwin University.

Potential of bamboo to alleviate poverty in rural China remains untapped: Expert – Forests Blog, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Potential of bamboo to alleviate poverty in rural China remains untapped: Expert
Forests Blog, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
development and poverty alleviation.” This new publication forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and Charles Darwin University.

Newsbyte: SAP Invests In Livelihoods Funds To Fight Climate Change And Poverty – Daily Markets (press release)

Newsbyte: SAP Invests In Livelihoods Funds To Fight Climate Change And Poverty
Daily Markets (press release)
Another example is the plantation of 6,000 hectares of agroforestry with 20,000 small farmers in India, which will provide a mix of fruits, timber and cash crops under shade. While improving the livelihoods of impoverished people, these two projects

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Newsbyte: SAP Invests in Livelihoods Funds to Fight Climate Change and Poverty – PR Newswire (press release)

Newsbyte: SAP Invests in Livelihoods Funds to Fight Climate Change and Poverty
PR Newswire (press release)
Another example is the plantation of 6,000 hectares of agroforestry with 20,000 small farmers in India, which will provide a mix of fruits, timber and cash crops under shade. While improving the livelihoods of impoverished people, these two projects

Top fashion designers can bring public attention to personal causes – Edmonton Journal

Top fashion designers can bring public attention to personal causes
Edmonton Journal
Hilfiger Corporate Foundation gave a five-year commitment to Millennium Promise, a non-profit that aims to eliminate extreme poverty, hunger and preventable disease through partnerships with groups such as UNICEF and the World Agroforestry Centre.

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Top fashion designers can bring public attention to personal causes – Ottawa Citizen

Top fashion designers can bring public attention to personal causes
Ottawa Citizen
Hilfiger Corporate Foundation gave a five-year commitment to Millennium Promise, a non-profit that aims to eliminate extreme poverty, hunger and preventable disease through partnerships with groups such as UNICEF and the World Agroforestry Centre.

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Fashion designers drawn to causes near and dear – Cape Cod Times (subscription)

Fashion designers drawn to causes near and dear
Cape Cod Times (subscription)
Hilfiger Corporate Foundation gave a five-year commitment to Millennium Promise, a nonprofit that aims to eliminate extreme poverty, hunger and preventable disease through partnerships with groups such as UNICEF and the World Agroforestry Centre.

COP18: Developing climate smart agriculture in South Asia – Responding to Climate Change

COP18: Developing climate smart agriculture in South Asia
Responding to Climate Change
COP18 (04/12/12) – Virendra Pal Singh, Director of South Asia Region at the World Agroforestry Centre talks about the common problems facing livelihoods and communities across the South Asia region. He says food security, hunger, poverty and low

Rio+20: 17 Year-Old Brittany Trilford Addresses World Leaders

Tena Koutou from New Zealand. My name is Brittany Trilford. I am seventeen years old, a child. Today, in this moment, I am all children, your children, the world’s three billion children. Think of me for these short minutes as half the world.

I stand here with fire in my heart. I’m confused and angry at the state of the world and I want us to work together now to change this. We are here to solve the problems that we have caused as a collective, to ensure that we have a future.

You and your governments have promised to reduce poverty and sustain our environment. You have already promised to combat climate change, ensure clean water and food security. Multi-national corporations have already pledged to respect the environment, green their production, compensate for their pollution. These promises have been made and yet, still, our future is in danger.

We are all aware that time is ticking and is quickly running out. You have 72 hours to decide the fate of your children, my children, my children’s children. And I start the clock now… tck tck tck.

Let us think back to twenty years ago – well before I was even an inkling in my parents’ eyes – back to here, to Rio, where people met at the first Earth Summit in 1992. People at this Summit knew there needed to be change. All of our systems were failing and collapsing around us. These people came together to acknowledge these challenges to work for something better, commit to something better.

They made great promises, promises that, when I read them, still leave me feeling hopeful. These promises are left – not broken, but empty. How can that be? When all around us is the knowledge that offers us solutions. Nature as a design tool offers insight into systems that are whole, complete, that give life, create value, allow progress, transformation, change.

We, the next generation, demand change. We demand action so that we have a future and have it guaranteed. We trust that you will, in the next 72 hours, put our interests ahead of all other interests and boldly do the right thing. Please, lead. I want leaders who lead.

I am here to fight for my future. That is why I’m here. I would like to end by asking you to consider why you’re here and what you can do. Are you here to save face? Or are you here to save us?

Knowledge, Not Money, As The Key To Transformation

They are women living in small villages in Ethiopia. Their livelihood hinges on fuel-wood gathering, a high-risk occupation that requires a 6-7-hour grueling journey every day. In addition to the 35-50 kilos they carry home, they routinely risk being beaten, raped, and robbed while in transit. Most women earn only $0.60 for their load of fuel-wood.

For some of them, fortunately, this is but a bad memory. Sustainable farming has since become their occupation of choice, empowering these women while providing them a way out of poverty.

Such is the incredible story told by Selamawit Aseffa, the Director of BioEconomy Africa, and Mariam W. Ehite (or Ehet Wolde Mariam), the President of Gurara Women’s Association. Not only have these two women made an incredible impact on their own rural communities, but they did make the long journey to Rio to share their experience with the rest of us. They spoke yesterday at  “Fertile Soil of Our Future”, an event hosted at Rio+20 by the Biovision Foundation, a founder of nourish9billion.org. It featured presentations and discussion on various topics of smallholder empowerment, soil fertility, and sustainable practices in rural communities.

In an effort to rescue fuel-wood gatherers from their dangerous jobs, and to create a more prosperous, sustainable rural community, Mrs. Aseffa and Ehite have created a program to teach women sustainable farming practices, empowering them to lead their own food and economic systems.

We don’t want money, we want knowledge

The participants have embraced this new education and knowledge, tripling their agricultural production and substantially increasing household income. Not only can they support their families, but they can also afford to send their children to school, thus giving the next generation of villagers access to a new realm of opportunities.

What’s just as amazing is the work that these women have done with their newfound income, earned through sustainable agriculture. They have constructed a small community center where they can meet, discuss, and decide what to do next with their income and farming. They have even built a local cafeteria and a public shower to serve as community enrichment and capacity building measures. In addition to these assorted growth projects, they are also able to invest in the diversification of their agricultural activities, creating a cycle of sustainable progress.

Their story is a truly inspiring example of how sustainable agriculture and knowledge
can change the lives of people in the poorest communities across the globe. Which Mrs. Ehite acknowledged when she stated pointedly: “If we are empowered with knowledge, we
are able to come out of poverty… We don’t want money, we want knowledge.”