Last month ITF Vice Chair Prof Roger Leakey argued that ‘We cannot save Forests without Agroforestry’. The importance and potential of agroforestry were very clear when I recently visited Burkina Faso.
ITF Vice Chair Prof Roger Leakey’s Blog
In his speech to COP in Paris, Prince Charles said “We must save our forests” and that “There is no Plan B to tackle climate change without them.” While I agree our forests are vital, there is a Plan B that would save them – and mitigate climate change. It would also greatly reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
It’s been called “the Miracle Tree,” “the Tree of Life” and “Mother’s Milk.” It is one of the most nutrient-dense plants on the planet, it is becoming increasingly important part of plans to combat malnutrition in the global South – while in the West it is fast gaining popularity as the new “superfood.”
As if British ash trees did not have enough to contend with, they are now threatened by a wood-boring beetle from Asia which experts fear could be even more devastating than ash dieback. The emerald ash borer, which can kill trees in two to three years, is spreading fast through North America and Russia. The…
The majestic elm tree, once a quintessential part of the British countryside, is beginning to make a comeback thanks to a new project supported by ITF. Elm trees were all but wiped out by Dutch elm disease in the 1960s and 1970s. Now ITF partner the Conservation Foundation is planting saplings in Sussex propagated from…
Andy Egan’s World Forestry Congress Blog
On Sunday I attended the last part of the pre World Forestry Congress (WFC) event on community based forestry organised under the banner of the Forest Farm Facility. One might have expected with this being the first ever WFC held on the African continent that the room would have been full of community-based organisations (CBOs) from across Africa.
When I last visited Nkhata Bay North, Malawi in September 2014, I was working with Temwa staff on community consultations. We were developing a project proposal to be submitted to the Big Lottery Fund. Now, 11 months later, it is exciting to return with the proposal having been approved, the grant awarded and the project up and running.
And yes, the Nkhata Bay Natural Way project really has hit the ground running.