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    IDB-GEF Grant to Help Haiti Fight Environmental Decay / Don de BID-FEM pour aider Haïti à lutter contre la dégradation de l’environnement

    Thursday, September 24th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Haiti to combat environmental decay with IDB funds

    A $3.44 million grant will support sustainable land and forest management practices, improve preservation of Macaya Park

    The Inter-American Development Bank on Sept. 23 approved a $3.44 million grant to help Haiti combat rapid environmental degradation through the integration of sustainable land and forest […]

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    São Paulo to Ban 14 Pesticides?

    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

    I’ve mentioned in the past that Brazilian states sometimes get impatient waiting for the federal government to act on environmental issues and elect to take their own action, which eventually prods the feds into action (sometimes because industry complains about conflicting state rules on the same subject). It looks that may be about to […]

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    More IDB Support for Mexico’s Climate Change Agenda

    Thursday, September 17th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports second stage of Mexico’s climate change agenda

    Reforms linked to new loan will help mitigate the impacts and reduce vulnerability to climate change in energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and water resources

    Mexico will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate-related institutions, as […]

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    LAC Farmlands Have More Tree Cover Than Most Suppose

    Monday, August 24th, 2009

    From the World Agroforestry Centre (WAC):
    While Farmers Frequently Blamed for Forest Loss, New Study Shows about Half of Farmlands Worldwide Have Significant Tree Cover

    Scientists Use Detailed Satellite Images to Reveal the Vital Role of Trees on One Billion Hectares of Agricultural Lands in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe

    Although agriculture, particularly in the developing world, […]

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    Mexico’s DF Promotes Organics

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

    Over the last couple of years, there have been several signs that the government of Mexico’s Federal District (DF) — the zone encompassing Mexico City and its environs — is growing more serious about cleaning up its act and going green.  The GDF finally issued the implementing regulation for its breakthrough waste law.  It published […]

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    US$10 Mn. to Support Sustainable Farming in Paraguay

    Friday, July 10th, 2009

    From the International Finance Corporation (IFC):
    $10 Million IFC Financing Supports Sustainable Farming Operations in Paraguay IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has provided a $10 million working capital facility to Frontera Agropecuaria del Paraguay (S.A.) to support farming operations in Paraguay.
    IFC’s financing will help bring farm land into sustainable production and […]

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    Challenges to Sustainable Agriculture in LAC

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

    I am in New York attending the Seventh Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17). This Session is focused on the thematic cluster of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. As is the case with the opening day of most such international fora, today all too many opening […]

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    FONTAGRO to Fund IDB Studies on Climate Change Impact on Agriculture

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    FONTAGRO extends agreement with IDB

    The Bank will manage the Fund until 2011 and finance climate change impact studies

    The Inter-American Development Bank and the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO, for its initials in Spanish) have extended until 2011 their agreement whereby the IDB will continue to manage the Fund, […]

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    FAO: Agriculture Should be in New Climate Agreement / El nuevo acuerdo sobre el cambio climático debe incluir la agricultura

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

    From the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
    Climate change talks should include farmers

    Agriculture in developing countries could play crucial role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions

    FAO has urged policy makers to include agriculture in negotiations for a new climate change treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto protocol.
    “Agricultural land is able to store and sequester carbon. Farmers […]

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    Electricity from Chicken Poop

    Friday, March 13th, 2009

    Usually you hear of biodigestors being employed in farms raising cows or pigs. But one farm in Brazil is working to adapt the technology for poultry farming.
    Raimundo Alves Ferreira runs a poultry farm in Tocantins state about 477 kilometers from the state capital, Palmas, that handles 42,000 birds every 60 days.  Raimundo first became […]

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