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Nepalese forestry activist wins first Wangari Maathai Award

Nepalese forestry activist wins first Wangari Maathai Award

Narayan Kaji Shrestha, a forestry activist from Nepal, has won the first Wangari Maathai Award for his work to promote community forest management.

Date published: September 2012

Investment can create 'triple win' from locally controlled forestry

Investment can create 'triple win' from locally controlled forestry

New guidance for investments in locally controlled forestry that can create a 'triple win' of returns for investors, livelihood security for local communities and protection for forests, have emerged from detailed discussions between investors and forest rights-holders.

Date published: September 2012

African female leaders awarded Yara prize

African female leaders awarded Yara prize

Dr Agnes Kalibata, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda, and Dr Eleni Gabre-Madhin, outgoing CEO of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange in Ethiopia, have been awarded the 2012 Yara Prize for their work towards an African Green Revolution.

Date published: September 2012

New mapping tool reveals 'best' irrigation options

New mapping tool reveals 'best' irrigation options

To help policymakers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia identify which irrigation technologies to invest in, the International Food Policy Research Institute has developed an interactive, web-based mapping tool: Investment Visualizer

Date published: September 2012

Local control of forests increases income and sustainability

Local control of forests increases income and sustainability

To increase the incomes of the billion forest-dependent people worldwide, a 'rights-based' system of locally controlled forestry, which places local control of forests at the heart of investment processes, is required, a report has revealed.

Date published: September 2012

Food crises will be repeated until world leaders act

Food crises will be repeated until world leaders act

Millions of the world's poorest people will face devastation from today's rocketing food prices because the global food system is fatally flawed and policymakers can't find the courage to fix it, Oxfam has stated.

Date published: September 2012

Forest loss higher next to protected parks

Forest loss higher next to protected parks

Between 2001 and 2009, forest cover decreased in every country in East Africa - except South Sudan - but forest loss was highest next to protected areas, a new study has revealed.

Date published: August 2012

Mekong dams could devastate fish populations

Mekong dams could devastate fish populations

Hydropower dams planned for the lower mainstem of the Mekong River could rob millions of people of their primary protein source, a new study by WWF and the Australian National University has revealed.

Date published: August 2012

Food needed by 3 million Syrians

Food needed by 3 million Syrians

A survey by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN World Food Programme and Syria's Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, has found that 3 million Syrians are in need of food, crops and livestock assistance as a result of ongoing conflict, coupled with a prolonged drought.

Date published: August 2012

Sustainable diets a must to improve health of humans and planet

Sustainable diets a must to improve health of humans and planet

Immediate action to promote sustainable diets - those with low environmental impacts which also contribute to food and nutrition security - has been urged in a new book published by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization and Bioversity International.

Date published: August 2012

 

 

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