Support for Smallholders needed to avoid catastrophic Food Shortages

SUPPORT is urgently needed for small-scale sustainable farming to tackle the twin challenges of increasing demand for food and climate change, according to a worrying new report by leading agriculture and global development experts.They warn that without decisive action there could be catastrophic consequences for millions of people across the African continent – including major food shortages, child malnutrition, increasing poverty and unplanned mass migration.

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UN report on the World’s Forests glosses over need for Radical Change

THE LATEST latest official report on the state of the world’s forests, launched at September’s World Forestry Congress in Durban, is surprisingly upbeat. According to the UN Global Forest Resource Assessment, the rate at which forests are being cleared has been halved over the past 25 years. This is based on figures showing net annual rate of forest loss has slowed down from 0.18 per cent in the early 1990s to 0.08 per cent in the period from 2010-15. It notes that an increasing amount of forest areas have come under protection while more countries are improving forest management.

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ITF’s Trees Journal published

The latest edition of Trees journal, ITF’s annual magazine, is published online today.

The magazine is packed with the latest news on our projects in Africa and the UK – including preparations for the launch of our centenary campaign – to plant 20 million trees in Kenya’s forests.

Featured articles include an investigation into what is possibly the most destructive industrial process in the world, Alberta’s tar sands industry, and an analysis of the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals.

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Mining damages Trees beyond Mine Boundaries

Open cast mines which disrupt underground water supplies can affect trees several kilometres away from active mine workings, according to a new Australian study. The study, by Western Sydney University, has implications for the government’s proposed “green lawfare” legislation, intended restrict people’s ability to challenge to mining developments. It also has a bearing on the…

Simple Changes dramatically boost Crop Yields

Simple changes to agricultural practices by community-based farmers can lead to dramatic increases in crop yields, Prof Roger Leakey, a leading crop physiologist and tree biologist explains in an informative new webinar.

He advocates a three–step approach to increase crop yields, improve food security and livelihoods using tried and tested techniques.

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Demand for mangos soars on the slopes of Rwenzori Mountain, Uganda

Alpha Women’s Empowerment Initiative are planting grafted mangos to provide sustainable food supplies and income generation, on the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountain in Uganda.

The project team have set up a central tree nursery to grow the seedlings until they are hardy enough to be planted out. It also serves as a practical training base, and 20 participants from the community have learnt to grow and care for seedlings. They in turn will create smaller nurseries in their communities,

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