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Thursday
Feb122015

Moringa as possible cancer treatment?

As a follow-up to the moringa study SFA released on Monday, it is interesting to read what the world-renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has to say about moringa: 

"Products derived from the herb are used to treat a variety of conditions, including asthma, diabetes, ulcers, infections and cancer."

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Monday
Feb092015

Haiti Moringa Study Released Today

Moringa Combines Reforestation and Agricultural Export in Haiti

A study launched today entitled “Moringa: Export Market Potential for Smallholder Farmers in Haiti” is a virtual handbook for everyone from farmers to exporters to government officials interested in ensuring this “miracle tree” becomes a new agricultural export for the country.

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Sunday
Feb082015

Danone and Mars launch £79m fund for smallholder farmers

REPRINT > by Oliver Balch at Guardian Sustainable Business / Feb 5, 2015 

Fund will prioritise key crops including vanilla, cocoa, sugar and palm oil, but Oxfam says multinationals need to improve everyday dealings with smallholders

Danone and Mars, two of the world’s largest food multinationals, yesterday announced their intention to invest €120 million (£79m) over the next decade in an investment fund aimed at increasing the productivity of smallholder farmers.

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Monday
Jan262015

How we can help smallholders feed the world

REPRINT > Greta Verburg at World Economic Forum / Jan 14, 2015

The world’s population is expected to number more than 9 billion people by 2050, and to feed them agriculture will have to grow by 60%. It’s an expansion that can only be fuelled by investment – to the tune of $83 billion.

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Thursday
Jan152015

Agriculture: The Heart of Haiti

REPRINT > by Timote Georges from Clinton Foundation Blog

Agriculture is the heart and soul of Haiti. We are a nation of farmers, with an estimated more than two million smallholder farms throughout Haiti. The most important development over the last five years has been the growing understanding and support for the role of the smallholder farmer as a cornerstone of the economy. With the support of domestic and international partners and important networks such as the Clinton Global Initiative Haiti Action Network, Haiti’s agriculture sector is being revived and there is a growing sense of optimism in rural areas as resources begin to shift to reinforce agriculture.

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Thursday
Jan152015

How Planting Trees in Haiti Put Kids in School: The Timberland Story

REPRINT > by Julie Fahnestock at Justmeans.com / Jan 15, 2015

When’s the last time you walked into your yard or cal park, looked up at the trees, and in the same thought, gave thanks for the education of your children?

It’s not a correlation I’ve ever made. But it is to Gustave, a smallholder farmer from Gonaïves, Haiti. Trees are sending his five kids to school. Three of the five are attending high school, analogous to attending Harvard in the United States. Only five percent of children attend high school in Haiti and Gustave’s three children are the first in his family to make it this far.  Trees are making this happen.

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Thursday
Jan152015

Deforestation Slows Economic Recovery in Haiti

REPRINT > by Andrew Burger of Triple Pundit / Jan 15, 2015

Haiti has long been plagued by natural catastrophes as well as political-economic strife. Looking to break a cycle of poverty and environmental degradation, multinational businesses, multilateral development banks, foreign aid agencies, non-governmental organizations and local communities are working to help put Haiti on the path to recovery from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

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Thursday
Jan082015

Timberland Reforestation Program Slowly Sowing Seeds of Change in Haiti

REPRINT > by Leon Kaye of Sustainable Brands / Jan 8, 2015

Timberland has long been one of the more proactive and socially responsible companies within the apparel industry, and this commitment has continued since its acquisition in 2011 by the multinational VF Corporation. The outdoor gear company has launched a bevy of social responsibility programs across the globe and reports on its environmental, social and governance progress quarterly. Now, leading up to the five-year anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake on January 12, the company is promoting the work it has done to help the Caribbean nation rebuild.

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