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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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Friday
Dec192014

Celebration of Trees in Haiti

Trees are part of seasonal holiday celebrations in many parts of the world, but in Haiti they are also being used by farmers to earn their way out of poverty. 

The country's current political turmoil may be in the limelight, but there is another story from Haiti worthy of headlines: thousands of small-scale farmers are using a new business model to help feed and reforest the nation.

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Saturday
Nov292014

Driving the Seam of Hispaniola

A view near the Dominican town of Sabana Real, close to the Haitian border.
Photo Credit: Amadeo Escarramán for The New York Times.

Reprinted from New York Times, article by Julia Alvarez

I’ve never liked the idea of bucket-list travel. Why make another to-do list when faced with your own mortality?

But there is one trip I’ve wanted to make since so far back I can’t remember when I first became fascinated by the idea: traveling down the border that separates my home­land, the Dominican Republic, from its neighbor, Haiti, sharing the island of Hispaniola.

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Thursday
Oct302014

Forget Kale. Try These Three REAL Superfoods

Drumstick herb or Moringa oleifera. Credit: Getty Images.

Reprinted from Time, article by Josh Schonwald.

They can purify water, feed a family of four for 50 years, and help combat climate change — and you've probably never heard of them.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of kale. But kale is absolutely, positively not a superfood. 

A superfood is high in protein, low in fat, gluten-free, loaded with omega-3s, bursting with antioxidants and overflowing with folate, fiber and phytonutrients. But the vast majority of what gets called a superfood these days should be called “health food.” Yes, health food is a perfectly suitable descriptor for goji berries, pomegranates and chia seeds.

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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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