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How planting trees can prevent violence in Africa’s drylands

With EU-backed forces advancing across Mali, the need for European and other donors to accelerate the development process in Africa’s poorest regions appears ever more pressing. For development experts a simple, yet unheralded solution exists – planting trees.

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Environmental sustainability initiative launched in South Africa

To encourage environmental sustainability and as a response to climate change, the Eskom Development Foundation has funded 9 000 trees that will be planted across five different municipalities in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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The Real and Virtual Problems of Water Scarcity

Climate change is likely to remain the major factor behind water insecurity over the coming decades. Yet, as Ben Zala reveals, a number of ‘virtual’ factors, ranging from industrial-scale production to perceptions of scarcity, may also contribute to water conflicts in the near to mid-term.

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“Water should be more valued to reflect worth & reduce waste”

Water should be more highly valued to reflect its worth and reduce its waste, said Paul Bulcke, chief executive officer at Nestle SA (NESN), the world’s biggest food company.

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Water Innovation Starts with the Farmer

At the forefront of an important agricultural revolution in the developing world is not a leading scientist or a tireless advocate. Instead, the leader is a farmer. His name is Purushottambhai Patel, from the state of Gujarat in Western India. He is a smallholder farmer with eight cows, three hectares of tobacco, rice, potatoes and […]

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Water scarcity could result in worldwide vegetarianism

Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5% to feed the extra two-billion people expected to be alive by 2050, according to research by some of the world’s leading water scientists.

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Global Water & Food Security Meeting – Water Tops Agenda

STOCKHOLM (IDN) – Rapidly escalating demands for limited water and land from all sectors of the economy call for urgent solutions. This is what over 2500 political and business leaders as well as representatives of 200 international organisations will strive for at the World Water Week in Stockholm, August 26-3, 2012.

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Global Food Security Threatened By Rising Temperatures

Heat waves clearly can destroy crop harvests. The world saw high heat decimate Russian wheat in 2010. Crop ecologists have found that each 1-degree-Celsius rise in temperature above the optimum can reduce grain harvests by 10 percent. But the indirect effects of higher temperatures on our food supply are no less serious. Rising temperatures are […]

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Better policies can solve food crisis

The food crisis in Africa is a golden opportunity for its leaders to review policies and put long-term strategies in place that will make the region the world’s food basket. This was the message from Sindiso Ngwenya, chairperson of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).  “African farmers and the private sector […]

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