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Thursday
Oct022014

UN Says Smallholder Farmers Key to Feeding the World

Reprinted from the Permaculture Research Institute, article by Nafeez Ahmed

Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using ‘agroecological’ methods, according to the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. And as Nafeez Ahmed notes, her call coincides with a new agroecology initiative within the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.

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Saturday
Sep272014

Ebola in Liberia Linked to Deforestation

A Liberian man pushes bread past a public safety mural. The country has the
largest remaining rainforest in west Africa. Photograph: A. Jallanzo/EPA

Reprinted from The Guardian by Mark Anderson

Norway to give Liberia $150m to fight illegal logging that may spread Ebola: Norway will give Liberia up to $150m (£92.1m) over the next six years to fund protective measures aimed at stamping out illegal logging in its agricultural sector, which some scientists believe may have contributed to the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

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Tuesday
Sep232014

Commercial Moringa Production Study in Haiti

“It is hard to rein in the use of superlatives when describing the benefits of the Moringa oleifera tree, long known to rural Haitians for its highly nutritious leaves eaten raw or added to soup,” said Hugh Locke, President of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), when announcing a commercial Moringa production study in Haiti. “Rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E, the leaves also contain unusually high levels of calcium, potassium and protein. In addition, the tree’s abundant bean seeds contain oil that has a range of applications.”

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Saturday
Sep202014

The Future of Food

In an eight-month series on The Future of Food, National Geographic is exploring how we will feed two billion more people by 2050 without overwhelming the planet. Their extraordinary in-depth coverage represents a turning point in understanding the complex and interconnected issues around this global challenge.

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Friday
Aug292014

Climate change’s souring effects on Haiti crops

In September, Walmart will begin offering TOWO Supreme, made from Haiti-
grown coffee beans, at select Florida stores (coffee distributed by Kafe Pa Nou).

Reprinted from the Miami Herald by Jacqueline Charles.

Haiti’s coffee production, which is enjoying a sweet comeback, could be adversely affected by warmer temperatures and less rainfall in the future, a study released Thursday by Catholic Relief Services said.

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Thursday
Jul312014

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity

Reprinted from Voice of America by Jennifer Lazuta 

DAKAR, SENEGAL—Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent’s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets.

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Tuesday
Jul292014

Could Specialty Cocoa Be Haiti’s Golden Ticket to Prosperity? 

Maman Pye cacao, a Haitian supertree, can produce 20 times as many cacao
pods as ordinary trees, and the pods themselves are denser with cacao seeds
than ordinary pods.
Reprinted from NPR by Rashmee Roshan Lall

In Robillard, a tiny hamlet deep in the Haitian hinterland, Valmir Mamonvil is standing next to a would-be national hero: Maman Pye cacao, which in Haitian Creole means "mother cacao tree." His father planted it 30 years ago, but for Mamonvil, the tree is more than a family heirloom. It could be his kids' ticket to prosperity — and his country's chance to cash in on surging chocolate demand around the world.

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Thursday
Jun052014

Haiti slum blooms into urban oasis

The Jaden Tap Tap garden project has sown seeds of community enterprise in the Cité Soleil slum. Photograph: Daniel Tillias, Jaden Tap Tap

Reprinted from The Guardian by Rashmee Roshan Lall

"Plant moringa; harvest community harmony" could be a good motto for Jaden Tap Tap, a green oasis in the tough, garbage-strewn eyesore that is Cité Soleil. The slum, in the north of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, is often described as the one of the most dangerous in the western hemisphere.

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