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Ugandan Government investigates threat to Kafuga Forest

Posted on 22.04.2016

The Ugandan government has promised to investigate the threat to Kafuga Pocket Forest following the launch of a campaign last October by ITF partner the Pro Biodiversity Conservationists in Uganda (PROBICOU).

A group of more than 250 tea growers want to clear fell the Kafuga Pocket Forest, a remnant of rainforest on the fringes of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.  The plan is allegedly backed by some local government officials and the Kigezi Highland Tea Company – and some tea growers have already bought axes in preparation for felling trees.

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Severe Drought in Malawi: The Nkhata Bay Natural Way provides long-term solution

Posted on 22.04.2016

Malawi has declared a state of disaster over worsening food shortages as concerns grow over a hunger crisis spreading across much of southern Africa.

The promising progress made during the first nine months of the Nkhata Bay Natural Way (NBNW) initiative in Malawi has been thrown into jeopardy by the severe drought caused by the failure of the rains in December.

However Programme Manager, Emmanuel Banda, said these challenging conditions only served to underline the importance of the NBNW project – because farmers were being trained to use agroforestry and a selection of tried and tested crops to achieve greater drought resilience.

“We are trying to sensitise farmers over the need to adapt to new farming techniques and technology,” he said

“Productivity has been dropping as a result of climate change but with new techniques and new strategies we expect farmers to learn skills for better management, and maintain quality and quantity for the better market.”

Nkhata Bay Natural Way, one of the largest and most significant programmes supported by ITF, is targeting marginalised groups in 110 villages in the economically-deprived district of Nkhata Bay North, on the western shore of Lake Malawi.

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ITF’s Brighton Marathon team raise £1, 500 and counting…

Posted on 21.04.2016

Congratulations to our intrepid team of four runners who all completed Sunday’s 2016 Brighton Marathon – so far raising more than £1,500 for ITF.

They were among nearly 11,000 other runners in glorious sunshine for what has become the UK’s second largest marathon.

Harley Parfitt finished with a time of 3:50:29; Andy Normile finished in 3:56:39; and Hannah Rebekah and Sophie Winter ran and finished together in 5:10:20.

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