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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African communities excluded from “elitist” World Forestry Congress

sahel_eco_photo-300x225-300x225Organisers of the world’s biggest conference on forestry have been criticised for failing to include community groups from African countries – seen as key to halting and reversing deforestation.

Over 2,000 delegates converge in Durban, South Africa, this week for the fourteenth World Forestry Congress, the first to be held on the African continent.

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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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Progress update from Soil and Oil project, Ghana

News just in from our partner in Ghana, Sungmaale Integrated Herbalists Association (SIHA), funded through ITF Sustainable Community Forestry grant programme and Worktop Express.

The project aims at training and mobilizing farmers to raise seedlings, training and supporting women to make soap and cosmetics from forest products, establishing by-laws for fire prevention and management and regeneration of degraded land through tree planting. Over the coming six months, 15000 trees will be planted

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