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09Aug

Teff: The fashionable grain

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In the traditional Ethiopian cafes scattered around cities worldwide you might come across Teff. Largely unknown but becoming increasingly popular, it is a staple among among Ethiopian farmers, especially in the highlands. Teff covers large swathes of farmland creating a light green ocean of waving grass. It is an ancient grain that has been cultivated in Ethiopia for thousands of years. Some scientists say that Ethiopians have been growing this grassy grain since 8000BC. 

09Aug

Feeding families and preserving forests

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Hunger is a problem for people and planet. It puts immense pressure on our forests, which are cleared to harvest food, farm crops, raise livestock and make a living.

In Ethiopia, where large numbers of people are living below the poverty line, increase food security and you can help to ease some of the pressure on the country’s forests.

08Aug

Women in charge

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Across all WeForest projects women are empowered through income generation and entrepreneurship.

At our community-based tree nurseries in Brazil’s Pontal do Paranapanema women are running the show.

29Jul

Indian Prime Minister visits our plantations

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Recently the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited our project area in the Khasi Hills. While there, he spoke with our project partner Tambor Lyngdoh, who had the opportunity to tell him about our project. Working with local people to restore the native cloud forest, our efforts are of interest to a Prime Minister who plans to spend an impressive $6.2 billion to increase India’s forest cover. The bill — called the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015 – is funded by private sector companies. The aim is to increase forest cover from 21.34% of the total land to 33%.

13Jul

Good news for south america's terrestrial hippo

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At the beginning of this year, we were thrilled to see lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) at our project site in Brazil. Tapirs have an unusual appearance; they look like a combination of elephant and pig although they are actually more closely related to horses and rhinos. An endearingly peculiar animal, it has a short prehensile ‘trunk’, often dives to feed on aquatic plants and gives birth to stripped and spotted young. 

22Mar

Life at the nursery

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WeForest’s tree planting efforts in Brazil serve to reconnect the biodiverse but highly fragmented Atlantic forest. After being trained to identify and mark seed bearing trees, local people collect seeds from the remaining patches of forest to grow at our nurseries. This is where our trees begin their lives, at our eight community-based nurseries, home to 115 native tree species.