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Rio 20: Sustainability Commitments

At the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, member nations made commitments. The event followed on from the Earth Summit in 1992, also held in Rio de Janeiro, during which countries adopted Agenda 21 – a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.

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In the face of chronic food shortages and drought in the Sahel, some communities are faring substantially better than others. One reason lies in the cultivation of trees that are resistant to drought and provide nutritional food throughout the year, as well as providing income.  New research by TREE AID shows how trees are a means of

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Summer Update Magazine

The new Update Magazine is now available to download, in this edition we focus on natural resource management techniques showing how the power of trees can break the cycle of poverty and enrich the environment, making land more productive. Click here to view the Summer Update Magazine (PDF 3,106 KB) Subscribe to our mailing list Subscribe to

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A cry for help: disaster in the desert

A humanitarian crisis looms in West Africa, where nearly 15 million people and roughly one million children are at risk. There are places where some aid is arriving and others that have received no help at all.  It is a race against time in Niger where child malnutrition is at emergency levels – a country

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Scaling Denali for TREE AID

We are delighted to announce that our long-term supporter Paul Rochford will soon be taking off on another intrepid expedition, hoping to raise a marvellous £15,000 for TREE AID’s Community Self Reliance Project in Northern Ghana. This May, the month of his 61st birthday, Paul is heading to Alaska to climb Mount Denali (also called

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Baobab part of the answer to solving hidden and not so hidden hunger

CIFOR scientist Terry Sunderland, who co-edited a recent special issue of the International Forestry Review on forests, biodiversity and food security states that “Forty percent of the world’s food originates from diverse smallholder farmers, so the potential of agroforestry [trees on farms] to improve livelihoods and nutrition in sub-SaharanAfrica is vast.  Integrating trees on farms not

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Drumstick and monkey bread leaves: famine foods for Mali

As food crisis grips the Sahel this year, Mali looks set to be amongst the worst-affected countries as conflict exacerbates its already fragile situation. With crop failures and the death of livestock, a huge problem is nutrient deficiency. People often have to survive off menial amounts of starches such as millet and have very little in

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Spring Update Magazine

The new Update Magazine is now available to download, in this edition we look at the complex and tense issues of land and forest rights across the Sahel when governments, traditional authorities, big business and local people all have different interests. Click here to view the Spring Update Magazine (PDF 3,984KB) Subscribe to our mailing list

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Response to Niger crisis

As the food crisis worsens in Niger, we are beginning work to extend our Village Tree Enterprise programme into the country, reaching 70 communities and 30,000 people current facing drought and hunger. By supporting farmer-entrepreneurs to make money from trees, our approach will create sustainable businesses and increase household food security. 5.5 million people are

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Food solutions for Niger

This year, upwards of 10 million people across the West African Sahel are once again facing a severe food crisis. At the root of the crisis lies drought; another year of erratic and unpredictable rains has led to massive crop failures. The worst affected country is currently Niger, where 1.9 million people already face starvation,

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World Water Day

First steps for River Trees World Water Day (22nd March) provides the perfect opportunity for an update on the early stages of TREE AID’s first River Trees project in the Bongo District of Northern Ghana – and the impact that it will have for communities living there. A big problem in Bongo over the past

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Grow a tree of hope this Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day help TREE AID celebrate 25 years of supporting mums in Africa by planting a tree for your own mum.  For just £10 you could grow a mango, shea or baobab tree in her name and help African women and their families grow themselves a better future. For women surviving on the edge

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International Women’s Day: Inspiring change in Africa

“Now us women have had the chance to eliminate the middle man we are making much more money. We know when to sell, when to buy and when to store nuts so that we get the best profit,” Amina Musa, Siisi village,Ghana. This International Women’s Day, Julia Paulson, TREE AID’s Programme Officer, recalls one of

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International development charity, TREE AID, has today announced an appeal for funds to help end the ongoing cycle of drought and famine for families living in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa. This follows international recognition of the humanitarian crisis currently unfolding in the region, with many West African countries declaring a state of emergency

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West Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary faces extinction.

Drought and lack of water is pushing thousands of wild animals out of West Africa’s largest game reserve into human settlements in Burkina Faso.  Pierre Kafando, the coordinator of the cross border bioshpere reserve in Burkina Faso described the prevailing situation as ‘catastrohic’ and revealed that several animals were dying. Environmentalists on Thursday described the

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Spread Love, Plant trees

Independent perfumers, L’Artisan Parfumeurs are supporting TREE AID again this spring with their Love Messages. For every 20 heartfelt,or amusing messages of love posted on their facebook page, they will donate to plant a tree in Mali with TREE AID.  In 2011 they planted 500 trees, help to smash this target by leaving your own

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Trees play a “critical role” in preventing famine in West Africa

Burkina Faso’s Ministers of Environment and Agriculture, Water and Water Resources are “absolutely clear about the critical role tree foods play in preventing famine,” reports TREE AID’s Chief Executive, Dr. Philip Goodwin, following a meeting with ministers in the country last week. As leading aid agencies demand that governments, donors, the United Nations and NGOs ‘don’t delay’ if

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Ethiopia accused of leaving landowners destitute and starving.

Human Rights Watch says people in the remote western Gambella region of Ethiopia are being forcibly moved to inadequate villages to free up land for commercial agriculture.   A report released by the New York-based group has said Ethiopia last year resettled about 70,000 people in its western Gambella region under its first, three-year “villagisation” programme.

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Forest Governance

Sylvestre Ouedraogo, TREE AID’s Head of Programme Development in Burkina Faso, met with colleagues from the Forest Dialogue at Yale University while on a trip to the USA. Sylvestre was able to update them on TREE AID’s governance work since we hosted the Forest Dialogue Burkina Faso meeting in Ouagadougou in September 2011. TREE AID

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A food crisis is unfolding in West Africa.

A second food crisis is unfolding in Africa, in the Sahel, that should start hitting the headlines in spring next year. Why spring 2012? The answer lies in the remarkably predictable onset of food crisis, starting with an event such as drought or pest infestation, then a poor harvest leading to a grain shortfall. After this,

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Baobab – The African Superfruit

The fruit of the iconic African baobab has been used in food and medicine by generations of Africans, and is finally being appreciated around the world. Known as the ‘nurse’ for its many medicinal qualities, baobab fruit contains significant quantities of vitamins and is used to treat fevers and malaria in Africa. Baobab fruits are

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Indian agribusiness sets sight on East Africa

Land-grabbing has been grabbing the headlines recently, but the interest from foreign investors continues With large swathes of East Africa facing food shortages due to droughts and failing harvests, the international community has responded with short-term food aid and been quick to repeat the rhetoric of long-term solutions. On the ground however, millions of acres

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