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Why massive effort needs to be put into growing trees on farms
Why massive effort needs to be put into growing trees on farms

It's now over 50 years since the world was first warned that resources were being used at an unsustainable rate. It has now been estimated that almost one quarter to one-third of the world's land is degraded to some extent.

By Philip Dobie 3 Dec 2018

Viable forest solutions are needed to build greener, healthier cities says FAO
Viable forest solutions are needed to build greener, healthier cities says FAO

"More sustainable models of urban growth are urgently needed," said Hiroto Mitsugi, Food and Agriculture Organisation assistant director-general, Forestry Department at the opening of the first World Forum on Urban Forests...

28 Nov 2018

PEFC endorses sustainable forest management initiative for SA's rural farmers
PEFC endorses sustainable forest management initiative for SA's rural farmers

As the demand for sustainably produced and certified forest products increases, both abroad and locally, certification is becoming a trade barrier to small-scale forestry units and emerging timber growers...

22 Nov 2018

The spread of shothole borer beetles in South Africa is proving tough to control
The spread of shothole borer beetles in South Africa is proving tough to control

A tiny tree-killing beetle with the awkwardly long name of Polyphagous Shothole Borer was detected in South Africa for the first time last year...

By Wilhelm de Beer and Trudy Paap 5 Nov 2018

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Oct 2018

UN helps developing nations improve forest monitoring, management
UN helps developing nations improve forest monitoring, management

The UN's REDD programme has boosted forest monitoring capacities through data by generating detailed maps, statistics and studies on forest-use that were not possible previously.

22 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!
The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Oct 2018

AfDB, FAO commit to growing agricultural investment throughout Africa
AfDB, FAO commit to growing agricultural investment throughout Africa

The strategic alliance includes raising funds to promote food security, sustainable agriculture and rural development...

30 Aug 2018

Climate change initiative to strengthen forest, farming communities
Climate change initiative to strengthen forest, farming communities

"Forest and farm producers are more powerful when organised. By building their capacity, the Forest and Farm Facility initiative will help more producers and their organisations withstand the effects of climate change."

23 Jul 2018

Forests are critical to livelihoods says FAO director general
Forests are critical to livelihoods says FAO director general

Forests and trees contribute far more to human livelihoods than is commonly known, playing crucial roles in food security, drinking water, renewable energy and rural economies...

6 Jul 2018

FAO, UNHCR's forest management tool a guide to restoring deforestation in displaced communities
FAO, UNHCR's forest management tool a guide to restoring deforestation in displaced communities

More than four out of five forcibly displaced people worldwide use wood fuel for cooking and heating. This is the main driver of forest degradation and deforestation in displacement-affected areas...

22 Jun 2018

Baobab trees have more than 300 uses but they're dying in Africa
Baobab trees have more than 300 uses but they're dying in Africa

Baobab trees keep soil conditions humid, favour nutrient recycling and avoid soil erosion. They also act as an important source of food, water and shelter for a wide range of animals...

By Aida CunĂ­ Sanchez 15 Jun 2018

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Repositioning family farming in global agriculture

The UN has officially declared 2019 to 2028 as the decade of family farming - aiming to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development...

By Ntswaki Motaung 14 Jun 2018

FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture
FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture

FAO's set of 20 interconnected actions offers a practical guide for countries on how to strengthen food security, generate decent employment, spur rural development and economic growth, conserve natural resources and respond to climate change...

8 Jun 2018

How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change
How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions...

By Philippe Vaast 21 May 2018

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More scientists, researchers needed for interdisciplinary plant disease research network

The Connected Virus Network Launch Conference drew dozens of world-class researchers from sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, confirming a growing network whose collaborations promises to yield solutions to devastating crop diseases...

18 May 2018

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New practical guidelines to promote more transparent, pro-poor forest concessions

The voluntary guidelines offer suggestions on how to shift from short-term harvesting objectives, which can lead to forest degradation or even deforestation, to long-term forest management, building the case for truly sustainable forestry in the tropics...

14 May 2018

Challenges and opportunities as the fourth industrial revolution bring change to agriculture
Challenges and opportunities as the fourth industrial revolution bring change to agriculture

Through the fourth industrial revolution's converging technologies, South Africa has the opportunity to become an early adopter, accelerating its agro-processing development...

8 May 2018

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Hidden danger: Why soil pollution should be a top priority globally

Little is know about the scale and severity of soil pollution, which poses a serious threat to agricultural productivity, food safety and human health...

3 May 2018

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Innovation, people key to creating a sustainable bioeconomy

A sustainable bioeconomy "is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass." This means family farmers, forest people and fishers, who are also "holders of important knowledge on how to manage natural resources in a sustainable way."

25 Apr 2018

Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems
Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

"GIAHS is also about innovation and opportunities, including broadening access to new markets and businesses such as eco-labelling, agri-tourism, youth empowerment to add value to our agricultural patrimony."

23 Apr 2018

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Papers to help improve labour safety in agriculture, forestry sectors

The back-breaking jobs in the agriculture and forestry sectors are some of the most dangerous. To reduce health risks, FAO has published two papers mapping ways to improve worker health and safety...

19 Apr 2018

Deforestation in tropical Africa is not as bad as previously thought
Deforestation in tropical Africa is not as bad as previously thought

A recent study shows that the loss of forests in tropical Africa in the past century is far less severe than previously estimated. Our analysis shows that forests have, on average, shrunk by 21.7%...

By Julie C. Aleman 12 Apr 2018

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Eco-farming can solve hunger, climate crises, experts say

Asian farmers are growing rice and rearing fish in the same fields to increase their income and reduce weeds, while Ghanaians are using crop residues as compost to boost yields. Such eco-farming techniques could deliver nutritious, environmentally friendly food for a growing world...

9 Apr 2018

Gerhard Kriel (left), Chief Executive Officer of Free State Agriculture (FSA), Andries Vermeulen, official ambassador of Friends of Free State Agriculture, Francois Wilken, President of FSA, and Tommie Esterhuyse, Vice President of FSA. Photo: Free State Agriculture
Free State farmers to benefit from new support network

A new and unique support network for farmers in the Free State. This is according to Gerhard Kriel, Chief Executive Officer of Free State Agriculture

29 Mar 2018

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Agri-Teen Symposium to foster youth participation in agriculture

The symposium aims to establish a practical network of mentors for South African youth to tap into enhanced programmes that not only encourage greater youth participation in the sector but also facilitate this in a sustainable manner...

22 Mar 2018

Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategy
Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategy

The looming challenges associated with an unhealthy or dissatisfied labour force requires urgent attention. "To achieve longer-term prosperity in agriculture, we must make the health and financial security of workers of all levels a priority."

22 Mar 2018

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R37.5m biorefinery facility launched in Durban to extract maximum value from biomass waste

In a first for South Africa, the government has launched a R37.5m biorefinery facility in Durban. The facility will support innovation in a range of industries, including forestry, agro-processing and other biomass-based industries...

22 Mar 2018

Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food
Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food

With profit-making still at the top of the food industry agenda - and the environmental costs of many food products hidden by complex supply chains - we need more than consumer power alone to achieve a truly sustainable food system...

By Chris West, Bob Doherty & Tony Heron 20 Mar 2018

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