Can forests and smallholders live in harmony in Africa?

Africa – Agriculture continues to present the biggest threat to forests worldwide. Some experts predict that crop production needs to be doubled by 2050 to feed the world at the current pace of population growth and dietary changes toward higher meat and dairy consumption. Scientists generally agree that productivity increase alone is not going to…

Firewood for income in a degrading landscape

Ghana – Part V of VI-part series: WHAT THE WORLD CAN LEARN FROM WEST AFRICA’S UNHEARD   Zizigna Bagambagui, community of Gwenia, Kassena – Nankana District West, Upper East Region, Ghana With soils becoming increasingly infertile in Ghana’s Kassena–Nankana District, many people in farming communities – especially women – rely heavily on income from tree…

Mencari keseimbangan: Menahan emisi dan memaksimalkan produksi pangan di lahan gambut

Indonesia – Peran lahan gambut sangat signifikan dalam memerangi perubahan iklim. Menempati posisi tinggi dalam daftar aksi mitigasi dan adaptasi perubahan iklim dengan melindungi lahan gambut adalah mengurangi emisi gas rumah kaca melalui dekomposisi gambut. Manajemen air adalah kunci upaya ini. “Lahan gambut memainkan  peran penting dalam merawat keragaman hayati, mengurangi emisi gas rumah kaca,…

Cameroon forest superfood scores best for women’s health

Cameroon – When Caleb Yengo Tata travelled to the remote Takamanda rainforest region in southwest Cameroon on a research trip with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), he was struck by the high levels of malnutrition and infant mortality that he found there. “We would visit a community one day, and the next day…

Desafío planeta: Todavía estamos a tiempo… pero no por mucho

“Tenemos unos 20 años para cambiar nuestro actuar antes de que algo irreversible suceda” dijo Robert Nasi, Director General del Centro para la Investigación Forestal Internacional (CIFOR), en la sesión plenaria de apertura del Global Landscapes Forum Kioto (GLF Kioto) llevado a cabo a mediados del mes de mayo, y cuyas  discusiones continuarán en junio en…

Trees and wildfire worries

Ghana – Part IV of VI-part series: WHAT THE WORLD CAN LEARN FROM WEST AFRICA’S UNHEARD   Judith Afagachie, Nakong, Kassena–Nankana West District, Upper East Region, Ghana Controlled burning, whereby fire is used in certain seasons and conditions to regenerate land for hunting and clearing purposes, has long been a part of the agroforestry parklands…

Festival Les Monts de la balle

Il était une fois un village qui se transformait en un immense espace scénique où artistes et habitants se réunissaient pour nous faire découvrir la richesse et la diversité du spectacle vivant : le cirque, le théâtre de rue, la danse, la musique … Verrières en Forez s’animait, s’illuminait, chantait et le Festival des Monts…