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Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures

Diverse plant communities are more successful and enable higher crop yields than pure monocultures, a European research team has discovered. Source: University of Zurich The ecologists from the University of Zurich are convinced that the cultivation of crop mixtures in agriculture and forestry will play a key role in food …

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With climate change, nothing is better than a tree
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With climate change, nothing is better than a tree, ICRAF director tells UN REDD+ meeting

On 24 September 2014 the UN saw a high powered event on the “Transformative Potential of REDD+: a Global Legacy in the Making”. Keynote speakers included the President of Indonesia, HE Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Source: ICRAF Indonesia embarked on implementing REDD+ in 2010 supported by $1 billion from Norway. Minister …

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Payments for Ecosystem Services
BiodiversityINNOVATION

Payments for Ecosystem Services

Funding sustainability at the grassroots level: 20 years of PES experience in Costa Rica A healthier ecosystem will benefit all of society; rich and poor, directly and indirectly. But the social and environmental objectives of the scheme must be targeted accurately. A system of Payments for Ecosystems Services is one …

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Middle East wars could put world’s food security at risk

Genes from wild plants growing in the Fertile Crescent are vital for crops, say scientists. Author: Steve Connor. Source: Independent (UK) Millions of people could in future face starvation as an indirect result of the violent turmoil in the Middle East which has the highest concentration of wild crop plants …

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The role of environment and energy-related projects in catalysing sustainable development in SIDS

Sustainable development is vital for Small Island Developing States to help reduce poverty, promote human development, and build resilience, says a new publication produced jointly by the UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Source: Global Environmental Facility The publication titled Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment …

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BiodiversityNutrition

Big results from small plots in Nepal

Home gardens are often overlooked by mainstream policy and agricultural development priorities. A Bioversity International home gardens initiative in Nepal produced yields that nearly tripled from 300kg per year to as much as 900kg per year in some households. A greater range of plants is being farmed. And participating households doubled their overall consumption of produce, including nutritionally valuable vegetables and fruit.

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Ghana's forests are home to many threatened species, including western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus). According to Global Forest Watch, chimpanzee range in Ghana lost approximately 10 percent of its forest cover from 2001 to 2013. This photo is of an eastern chimpanzee (P. t. schweinfurthii) in Uganda, by Rhett A. Butler
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Can it be stopped? Ghana’s forests ‘could completely disappear in less than 25 years’

Ghana’s forests could be gone within 25 years, says an Africa Initiative report. Social and economic pressures are putting at risk a major biodiversity hotspot and the livelihoods of 2.5 million people. But there are hopeful signs, with African Development Bank money and government initiatives leading the way. Author: Judy …

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Biodiversity

Nicaraguan Mega-Gardens: Community-Led Conservation for Plant Diversity and Soil Health

Why do some agricultural training programmes amount to little more than a free lunch for participants, while others inspire farmers to make real changes in their fields, while others? This report on a project in Nicaragua shows how a participatory and holistic approach – with constant tweaking in the light …

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Yellow Perch (juvenile). Photo: Roger Tabor (USFWS)
Biodiversity

Deforestation starves fish

Research shows forest debris that drains into lakes is an important contributor to freshwater food chains, bolstering fish diets to the extent that increased forest cover causes fish to get ‘fat’ – and sparse forest leaves smaller, underfed fish. Source: Cambridge University research news Debris from forests that washes into …

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GFIA wins ‘Best Conference’ at 2014 Middle East Event Awards

The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has been recognised for its contribution to agricultural innovation by winning the prestigious “Best Conference” Award at the Middle East Event Awards. Source: Turret Media The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), the world’s most influential event for the future of sustainable …

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