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Cropped, 1 December 2021: Brazilian deforestation soars; Fishing subsidy fights; Indian farm laws repealed

"...‘SUSTAINABLE’ INITIATIVE: Environmental groups have been raising concerns about a proposed “sustainable development zone” in northwest Brazil that is expected to get the green light from Bolsonaro later this year, the Guardian reported. The plan’s proponents, which include prominent agribusiness figures, say that the zone will allow them to scale up and intensify livestock agriculture on land that has already been cleared. But others have said the plan “is unlikely to change the system responsible for the breakneck pace of deforestation”, the Guardian wrote..."

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Agroforestry project attempts to slow threat of wildfire in Kootenay region

"...Called Bannock in Bloom, the test model for agroforestry is being put forward at Bannock Point, a Crown-owned recreational area south of Silverton. Work began earlier this month to work with the local landscape and “plant valuable food crops that strengthen local food security and are both drought and wildfire resistant,” a press release on the project noted..."

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West Kootenay project blends agriculture and forestry

"...On a piece of forested land near Bannock Point, three kilometres south of Silverton, a forestry experiment will see food crops grown among the trees..."

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Smarter Farm Subsidies Can Drive Ecosystem Restoration

"...Farm subsidies can also inadvertently drive people to clear forests to produce commodities like soy and beef, which caused around 20% of global tree cover loss in 2018. This has a major economic toll, too. Deforestation and land degradation lower the productivity of soil in forests and on farms, costing rural communities as much as $6..."

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Many nonprofits, companies report using commercial species in tree planting projects

"..."We found some organizations placed an emphasis on biological diversity and forest restoration in their mission statements. When we looked at the species they reported planting, many organizations reported planting commercial species, with chocolate, mango and teak in the top five," said the study's first author Meredith Martin, assistant professor of forestry and environmental resources at NC State. Martin led the study with researchers from The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit that was also included in the analysis..."

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Poaching affects behavior of endangered capuchin monkeys in Brazilian biological reserve

"...A study conducted in the Una Biological Reserve in the state of Bahia, Brazil, shows that in a habitat with high hunting pressure the risk of predation has such a significant impact on the behavior of the Yellow-breasted capuchin monkey Sapajus xanthosternos that it even avoids areas offering an abundant supply of plant biomass and invertebrates, its main sources of food..."

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Bolivian Police Find And Destroy Three Crack Cocaine

"...Such programs have begun to be initiated by the United Nations, such as the “vocational training and promotion of micro-enterprise” to invest in alternative economic ventures in “tourism, agriculture and the food industry” and subsidize many of the associated costs. In addition, the UN has projects targeted at the “sustainable and integrated management of natural resources” in order to better develop and manage agroforestry resources in Bolivia and repurpose land originally utilized for the narcotics industry. In collaboration with the Bolivian government, these initiatives have provided other long-term economic opportunities and benefits for families in the region..."

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Intensive agriculture could drive loss of bees and other tropical pollinators

"...The researchers also found varying impacts of fertilisers, as flies did well in areas with a greater fertiliser application rate, while bees and butterflies suffered. Senior author Dr Tim Newbold (UCL Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research, UCL Biosciences) said: "More than three quarters of globally important food crops are at least partly reliant on animal pollination, including nuts, berries, and fruits grown in tropical areas. Croplands are expected to continue expanding rapidly in the tropics, which could pose a serious risk to local pollinators..."

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In search of drought-tolerant holm oaks

"...This is a multifactorial syndrome that causes the decay and death of holm oaks, consisting of a combination of stress due to drought, high temperatures, and attacks by soil pathogens (mainly Phytophthora cinnamomi), a situation that will tend to worsen in a scenario of climate change. However, not all holm oaks are equally affected. Some exhibit greater resistance and tolerance to these stresses, and are called "elite" specimens, thus being the most interesting to study..."

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Silvopasture; Or, Why Are There Cows in the Woods? JSTOR Daily

"...Silvopasture is a type of agroforestry, or agricultural forestry, where cows graze within wooded areas, eating invasive plants and helping to restore forests. It also allows farmers to simultaneously raise cattle and grow marketable timber. Keyes and Keyes call the practice an “economic opportunity” that could lead to more diverse forests and healthier cows..."

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Logging company abandons road construction planned near Nelson hiking trails

"...Kalesnikoff will be logging the area with methods designed for wildfire mitigation, with the RDCK doing some of the mitigation work, in the area above the rail trail this year. The company also plans an agroforestry project in that location in the future..."

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Eine Kakaoblüte wird von einer winzigen parasitären Wespe besucht.

"...The importance of pollinators to ensure successful harvests and thus global food security is widely acknowledged. However, the specific pollinators for even major crops - such as cocoa - haven't yet been identified and there remain many questions about sustainability, conservation and plantation management to enhance their populations and, thereby, pollination services. Now an international research team based in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia and led by the University of Göttingen has found that in fact ants and flies - but not ceratopogonid midges as was previously thought - appear to have a crucial role to play..."

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What we learned in 2020 on nutrition, inequality, ownership, health, agroforestry, profitability, soil

Duration: 09:42

"...Our key lessons from over 40 long interviews, many webinars and a complete series on Transition Finance for Farmers done in 2020. ..."

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87 Richard Focken on how German pension funds are investing significantly in sustainable agroforestry

Duration: 50:53

"...In this interview with Richard Focken, CEO of 12Tree, we explore the 4 year due diligence which lead to a German pension fund investing 200m into agroforestry. ..."

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For-Profit, For Planet: Propagate Ventures + Parx Materials

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Completing the Picture: Designing a food system that’s positive for nature and our climate

"...The transition to renewable energy is critical in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s only half the story..."

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Regenerative Farming in Kenya | Circular food systems in East Africa 1/5

"...In this film, hear from two innovative farms in Kenya as they demonstrate how their regenerative farming practices have had a beneficial impact on nature and rural communities, while at the same time helping combat biodiversity loss and climate change..."

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Science should put a business hat being clearer about Consequences & Solutions

"...Andy has published and edited several books: “Conservation and Biodiversity”, “Population Dynamics of Diseases in Natural Populations”, and “Unsolved Problems in Ecology. ” He has been an external Faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute since 2011..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about agroforestry relevant to the latest news.

Modern Smallholders: Creating Diversified Livelihoods and Landscapes in Indonesia

"...Recent research in Indonesia used a household survey of a stratified sample of smallholders (n?=?240) in eight villages (five districts) to obtain data of smallholders? income and the relative importance of agroforestry..."

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Provisioning ecosystem services related with oak (Quercus) systems: a review of challenges and opportunities

"...Then, the provisioning ecosystem services related with oak systems are reviewed, including: (1) oak?s agroforestry and silvopasture systems for the production of food, pasture, and additional products; (2) browsing of oak leaves and acorns by livestock; (3) harvesting of oak wood for timber; (4) cork oak stripping, and the uses of cork; (5) acorn-based foods and beverages; and (6) others uses, such as the production of medicines and extraction of tannins for the leather industry..."

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Agroforestry and the environment

"...Agroforestry provides numerous provisioning, regulating, cultural and supporting ecosystem services and environmental benefits while promoting eco-intensification based on a more efficient use of the resources..."

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Agroforestry trade-offs between biomass provision and aboveground carbon sequestration in the alpine Eisenwurzen region, Austri

"...Mountain agroecosystems deliver essential ecosystem services to society but are prone to climate change as well as socio-economic pressures, making multi-functional land systems increasingly central to sustainable mountain land use policy..."

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Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community assembly in agroforestry systems from the Southern Brazil

"..., Araucaria angustifolia, Ilex paraguariensis, and Mimosa scabrella) in a 5-year agroforestry system to overcome the soil disturbance due to invasion by Pine trees on AMF community composition in the Southern Brazil to natural restoration (unassisted forest ecosystem)..."

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The impacts of agricultural and urban land-use changes on plant and bird biodiversity in Costa Rica (1986?2014)

"...Our results confirm that deforestation has been reversed and most of the biodiversity considered is housed in forestland, but also that the expansion of export monocultures and urban sprawl have fragmented and isolated these tropical forests..."

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Scaling up of jujube-based agroforestry practice and management innovations for improving efficiency and profitability of land

"...In the present study, a traditional jujube/apple kul (Zizyphus mauritiana) orchard was converted into an agroforestry system by including summer vegetables (okra and Indian spinach) and spices (ginger and turmeric) with a view to achieving greater economic return, maximizing land use and providing food and nutritional support..."

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Importance of Carbon Sequestration in the Context of Climate Change

"...In addition to biochar and conservation tillage, increased biomass production, agroforestry, deep-rooted crops, improved pastures, residue management, optimal fertilizer application, and crop rotation could help maintain a high C balance in soils and induce negative efflux of CO2..."

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Water use efficiencies, economic tradeoffs, and portfolio optimizations of diversification farm systems in a desert oasis of No

"...However, the water productivity, tradeoffs, and water-use portfolios of farm diversification in agroforestry combination with tree and/or crop monocultures are still missing, especially in arid water shortage regions..."

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Intra-specific patterns of ?13C, growth and wood density variation at sites of contrasting precipitation with implications for

"...Tropical agroforestry practices play a crucial role in mitigating global climate change by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and storing carbon in their biomass..."

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Traditional food plants of the upper Aswa River catchment of northern Uganda?a cultural crossroads

"...Background In the parkland agroforestry system of northern Uganda, smallholder farming households rely on a diversity of plant species to fulfil their nutritional requirements, many of which also serve a range of medicinal, cultural, and livelihood functions..."

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A conceptual framework and experimental design for analysing the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (BE

"...While agroforestry is actively promoted for the sustainable intensification of agriculture and restoration of degraded landscapes, there is a paucity of knowledge on Biodiversity Ecosystem Functioning (BEF) relationships in agroforestry systems..."

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