This can be an example for smallholder farmers : don’t buy seeds, but keep them when eating fruits


A message from Casie FLANAGAN:

Potted fruit trees🌱🌱🌱
Peach, Nectarines, Apricots, Cherry, and pink Lady Apples.

My boys (and I) love keeping our pips/seeds and replanting them.
We have successfully grown our own 300 fruit trees within the last couple of years.

Why don’t you instead of spending a lot of money ?

Fruit tree seedlings in containers

Germinating seeds of fruit trees

Growing seedlings in container. It may take a couple of years, but we are sure to get our own orchard without spending a fortune.

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Coronavirus: In Nigeria, COVID-19 threatens to hit three fragile northeastern states hardest, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) studies find

The arrival of COVID-19 in Nigeria sparked a cascade of crises, but the pandemic poses its greatest threat in the impoverished, fragile northeast of …

Coronavirus: In Nigeria, COVID-19 threatens to hit three fragile northeastern states hardest, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) studies find
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#Desertification: @BornoGovt To Begin First Phase of ‘10 Million Trees’ Project – @HumAngle

“The @BornoGovt tree planting project is also part of the national 25 million trees to increase the country’s carbon sink and respond to the urgent need for reforestation due to the loss of about 96 per cent of its forest cover” – @HumanAngle_

#agroforestry #foodsecurity #sustainableagriculture #ecosystems #worldenvironmentday2020

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Desert Control turning deserts into fertile land

Norwegian startup, which aims to help the UAE to become food secure, finds India as a potential major market Hyderabad: Climate change and global warming degrade land, spread deserts and rise temperatures in a vicious cycle. It is estimated that 12 million hectares of productive land perishes annually due to drought, land and soil degradation. Growing […]

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Sustainable agroecosystems: Cropping using regenerative agricultural principles

Richard Teague, from Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Texas A&M University, provides more insight into sustainable agroecosystems, focussing on cropping using regenerative agricultural principles Over the last century, intensive farming practices have had significant negative consequences for the soil and surrounding ecosystems. By disrupting the natural function of these habitats, the valuable ecosystem services they provide are […]

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Agroforestry: Boost Food Production And Reduce Climate Change

Combining agriculture with forestry promises myriad economic and environmental benefits for those who take it up. by Dave Olsen Forest is a self-regulating ecosystem. When trees or leaves fall, they decompose into the soil, providing additional nutrients for more growth. Trees provide soil stability to prevent erosion and flooding, and forests have negative emissions […]

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Wildlife habitat destruction and deforestation will cause more deadly pandemics like coronavirus, scientists warn




  • Habitat destruction like deforestation and agricultural development on wildland are increasingly forcing disease-carrying wild animals closer to humans, allowing new strains of infectious diseases to thrive.
  • Scientists say the coronavirus pandemic is the most recent instance of how human degradation of wildlife habitats is linked to the spread of infectious diseases.
  • “Preserving habitats for wildlife and preserving our world is a human health issue,” said Tierra Smiley Evans, an epidemiologist at the University of California. 
The orangutans in Indonesia have been known to be on the verge of extinction as a result of deforestation and poaching.
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As climate change contributes to a surge in disease outbreaks across the world, scientists warn that current rates of environmental degradation and biodiversity loss will lead to more deadly pandemics like thecoronavirus.

The total number of disease outbreaks has more…

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High-level dialogue on desertification, land degradation and drought


Land is the foundation of our societies. It allows economies to grow and prosper. Land provides more than 50% of the total value of all ecosystem services. This finite resource is under existential threat. Productive land is a cornerstone to poverty eradication, zero hunger, energy for all, food security and environmental health.

The General Assembly recently identified “land-based solutions, as part of nature-based solutions, constitute promising options to evaluate and consider in connection with sequestering carbon and enhancing the resilience of people and ecosystems affected by DLDD as well as adverse effects of climate change.” Over theUN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification(2010-2020), some results have been achieved, and those remainingare magnified in the context of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The President of the UN General Assembly, with the support of the Executive Secretary of UNCCD, will convene a High-level Dialogue to assess the…

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Revitalization of a traditional agricultural practice known as farmer managed natural regeneration is bringing new life to millions of acres of degraded land while boosting food, fuel, habitat and carbon storage.


WRITER Duncan Gromko
Landscape finance expert, UNIQUE Forestry and Land Use –

February 11, 2020 —Around the world, more than2 billion hectares (nearly 5 billion acres) of land— an area larger than Russia — are degraded. Degradation can take many forms: clearing of forests, soil erosion or the decline of nutrients in the soil, all of which result in less productive land. The loss of soil fertility is dragging down agricultural yields, especially for poor farmers who cannot invest in fertilizers to replace the natural nutrients that are washed away when soil erodes.

In the early and mid-1980s, soil fertility fell in marginal areas surrounding the Sahara Desert in Africa as people cut trees…

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News Feature: The best strategy for using trees to improve climate and ecosystems? Go natural


Starting in 1985, 20 years of regeneration transformed barren, degraded land in the African Burkina Faso village of Ranawa into a fertile farm. Image credit: Chris Reij (World Resources Institute, Washington, DC).

Despite big headlines and big money devoted to massive tree-planting projects that pledge to stave off desertification, the most effective method may be nurturing native seeds, rootstocks, and trees.

John Carey – PNAS March 3, 2020 117 (9) 4434-4438;

Near the start of the rainy season in June 1983, Tony Rinaudo hauled a load of trees in his truck to be planted in remote villages in the Maradi region of Niger. Driving onto sandy soil, Rinaudo stopped to let air out of his tires to get better traction, and was hit by a sense of futility. For years, the Australian missionary had been working to improve the lives of people in one of the poorest countries in Africa by…

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IOC to back UN-aided Great Green Wall with Olympic Forest in Africa


The Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel is Africa’s flagship initiative to combat the effects of desertification. Led by the African Union, the initiative brings together more than 20 countries.  Its aim is to transform the lives of millions of people by creating a mosaic of green and productive landscapes across North Africa, improving food security and helping communities mitigate and adapt to climate change. The IOC’s participation in the initiative will create an opportunity for other organizations and athletes within the Olympic Movement to also contribute to it. Further details will be defined later this year.

 Mohit Singh –
03/06/2020 –

TheInternational Olympic Committeehas announced to create an Olympic Forest towards a contribution to the UN-backed Great Green Wall Project in Africa. It will help the IOC move towards becoming a climate-positive organization.

As part of its ambition to become climate…

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The National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) to Rehabilitate 22,000 sqkm of Degraded Land, Improve 20m Livelihoods (Nigeria)


By PRNigeria

The National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) has set a target of rehabiliting about 22,000 square kilometres of degraded land across the country. The Agency, also reiterated its desire and avowed commitment to improving the livelihood of over 20 million Nigerians by the year 2030. NAGGW’s Director General, Dr. Bukar Hassan, made this known while presenting a paper entitled, “Transforming the Drylands of Nigeria,” noting that following the approval of President Muhammau Buhari, the Agency is accessing the 15% Ecological Fund and the Natural Resource Development Fund for the execution of its programmes and key projects. He spoke at the “First Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum of the National Alliance for the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) Programme Implementation,” in Abuja. He disclosed that NAGGW is already engaged in baseline studies and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA); community mobilization, sensitization and awareness campaign…

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The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative as an opportunity to enhance resilience in Sahelian landscapes and livelihoods


The spatial evolution of the GGW path. The original (light green; adapted from Agence France-Presse) and updated (dark green) approximate paths for the 11 founding countries are illustrated. The updated path was simulated based on the individual GGW National Action Plans of each of the 11 founding GGW countries located at the pan-African Green Wall website ( The GGW has progressively expanded to include 21 countries across the African continent (the additional countries in light gray). The “Green Wall” is now used as an umbrella term, encompassing other multinational projects (Action Against Desertification, BRICKS, and FLEUVE) with highly overlapping objectives and geographic scope throughout Africa

Deborah Goffner
Hanna Sinare & 
Line J. Gordon 
Regional Environmental Change volume 19, pages1417–1428(2019) –

The article which was recently published contained a minor error in Fig. 1. The error lies in the updated version of the Great…

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U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on climate crisis: “The way in which we manage the world’s lands is central to combating climate change. And restoring the capacity of the land that feeds, houses and sustains us is core to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”
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U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed says, “We have no time left to lose” in addressing the world’s climate crisis.

Following are U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the climate change luncheon of the fourteenth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, in New Delhi yesterday:

“I want to first thank our hosts for this lunch, which comes just two weeks before the Climate Action Summit.

We come together today because our lands are in a state of crisis. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Land and Climate Change…

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Desertification and conflicts in Nigeria


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Desertification fuels deadly clashes in Nigeria

Growing desertification and violence in Nigeria is forcing thousands of Muslim herdsmen to move south, leading to clashes with Christian crop farmers. Residents and activists report that hundreds have been killed.

Scarcity of fertile land and violence at the hands of Boko Haram jihadists in the north of Nigeria are driving thousands of people southwards, dividing the country down ethnic and religious lines.

Thousands of people from the roaming Fulani ethnic group are reported to have fled south this year, running up against Christian crop farmers, who accuse the Muslim herdsmen of violence against villagers.

Much of the fighting is understood to stem from conflict over resources such as land and water, which have become increasingly scarce in Africa’s most populous nation. Clashes are reported to have intensified over the last few years.

Desertification is increasingly rendering large swathes of fertile…

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