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UN Warehouse Credit Scheme Helps Burkina Faso Farmers

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October 29, 2013
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A warehouse-credit scheme introduced in Burkina Faso by the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is helping farmers access grain to eat and have money in their pockets.


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Deutsche Welle (Feb. 20, 2012) — A new project in South Africa is taking organic waste that would otherwise be left to simply decay in garbage dumps and processing it in a special facility belonging to the South African company Reliance. There, it is converted it into microbiological compost. The project prevents some 100,000 tons of methane gas being emitted into the atmosphere each year. In addition, the compost helps to improve the quality of the soil, makes plants more robust and helps farmers cut down on the use of pesticides. It's also helping South Africa tackle one of its biggest problems: the massive use of chemical fertilizers in the country has made the ground infertile, caused soil erosion and led to contaminated water.
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Climate: Peruvian Farmers Battle Climate Change

Climate: Peruvian Farmers Battle Climate Change

Deutsche Welle (Dec. 17, 2012) — Peru's northern coastline is increasingly being battered by storms and other extreme weather linked to climate change. Now together with a local financial establishment, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) has set up an insurance system that helps compensate farmers in the case of damage.Valentin Ruiz, the chairman of the Cooperative of Banana Producers in the region, is worried by the effects that storms and flooding have on the banana crop. To protect banana producers from the effects of El Nio, he and his members have collected money for dams and levees.
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Climate Change Threatens South Africa's Rooibos Tea

Climate Change Threatens South Africa's Rooibos Tea

AFP (Feb. 27, 2012) — The annual rooibos harvest in South Africa's Western Cape helps quench the world's growing thirst for "red bush" tea, but farmers fear that climate change could destroy the delicate ecosystem that their crop depends on.
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Raw: Leopard on the Prowl Panics Indian City

Raw: Leopard on the Prowl Panics Indian City

AP (Feb. 25, 2014) — A leopard wandered in to the bustling streets of Meerut, India Sunday injuring six people and driving residents indoors. Forestry officials and police cornered the leopard in a warehouse but it escaped by breaking through a concrete grill. (Feb. 25) Video provided by AP
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