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oope.it! is a wonderful place to find resources to expand our common work in environmentally sustainable initiatives.  The photo illustrates GreenMIcrofinance's Environmentally Sustainable Land Management initiative in Kenya in development with our local NGO partner.  

You will find more on the following sites. 

www.greenmicrofinance.com  (for- profit)

www.greenmicrofinance.org     (not- for- profit) 

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Smallholder Farmers Are The New Global Food Frontier

Smallholder Farmers Are The New Global Food Frontier | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
One-third of the world's 7.3 billion people are smallholder farmers and their families who produce nearly 70 percent of all food consumed worldwide on 60 percent of the planet's arable land. For what sounds like a major part of the global economy, you would expect these farmers to be relatively well off and financially secure. But they aren't. In fact, they represent the majority of the poorest and hungriest people on earth.

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Big Ag has such power it is easy to lose sight of the fact that most of the crops they raise are commodity crops rather than the diverse foodstuffs we like to see on our tables. Hats off to smallholder farmers.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, July 28, 2015 4:50 PM

Big Ag has such power it is easy to lose sight of the fact that most of the crops they raise are commodity crops rather than the diverse foodstuffs we like to see on our tables. Hats off to smallholder farmers.

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Green Microfinance in Zanzibar -> addressing coastal areas of deforestation of mangrove forests.

Green Microfinance in Zanzibar -> addressing coastal areas of deforestation of mangrove forests. | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
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Climate talks: wealthy countries urged to foot bill for weather-related disasters

Climate talks: wealthy countries urged to foot bill for weather-related disasters | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
Developing countries threaten to walk out of UN talks in Warsaw over failure to reach agreement on financial recompense
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What is the potential impact from climate change for Africa's farmers? | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

What is the potential impact from climate change for Africa's farmers? | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
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Georgina Smith's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:03 AM

An interesting article on the grassroot view. 

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Micro-finance: the fuel or fall of entrepreneurship in emerging markets? | ventureburn

Micro-finance: the fuel or fall of entrepreneurship in emerging markets? | ventureburn | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it

It’s no easy feat becoming an entrepreneur in emerging markets, especially since one’s entrepreneurial potential is so often stunted by the onerous bureaucratic processes involved in setting up a b...

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Seminar on Innovative Climate Financing Mechanisms | Nordic Development Fund

Seminar on Innovative Climate Financing Mechanisms | Nordic Development Fund | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it

EcoMicro, a regional "green microfinance" program aimed at training MFIs in LAC to develop green finance products for MSMEs and low-income households.  

 

 


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GreenMicrofinance Global™, Ltd. 's curator insight, November 1, 2013 3:38 PM

EcoMicro -> a regional "green microfinance" program aimed at training MFIs in LAC to develop green finance products for MSMEs and low-income households @the_IDB #fominbid #GreenMicrofinance http://tiny.cc/4fwv5w

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Training women to train others: a smart way to spread the message about gender and climate change | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

Training women to train others: a smart way to spread the message about gender and climate change | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
90 Nepalese women trained to train others and spread the message about climate change and agriculture @cgiarclimate http://t.co/kwaTklBtLb

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Arid Kenya swaps charcoal burning for mango farming

Arid Kenya swaps charcoal burning for mango farming | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it

Firewood has long been used as a cooking fuel in many homes in rural Kenya. But demand for timber is stripping the countryside of its mature trees, while charcoal making claims younger trees. Tea processing – which requires heat from fires to cure the leaves – also claims a share....

 

In lower Eastern Kenya alone, at least 12,000 bags with a 90 kg (200 lb) capacity are trafficked to Nairobi, the capital, every day, according to Kenya Climate Change Network. Many people turn to charcoal making when other jobs – including farming – fail to produce enough income.

A growing number of Kenyans, however, have discovered a creative substitute for charcoal making to increase their incomes – farming mangoes...

 

...Planting trees – including mangos – helps absorb climate-changing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and the new varieties of mangos are becoming a reliable cash crop in an arid region struggling to produce staple crops like maize.


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GreenMicrofinance launches Biogas Project in Ghana

GreenMicrofinance launches Biogas Project in Ghana | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it

http://blog.nj.com/njv_guest_blog/2013/10/noahs_ark_inspires_a_new_tale.html

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This GMf Biolatrine Initiative creates Youth Employment and Expands Biogas in Ghana.  The Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen, New Jersey, USA provided seed funding. 

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IFC to reach 1 million farmers in Africa by 2018 through sustainable agribusiness

IFC to reach 1 million farmers in Africa by 2018 through sustainable agribusiness | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, aims to reach one million smallholder farmers in Africa by promoting sustainable agriculture and agribusiness practices, a goal it today while hosting a conference in Nairobi which brought together the private...

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Help of the helpless O.........
East Africa Climate Change Network.'s curator insight, August 22, 2013 4:08 AM

This is timely intervention,hope that the continent will be food secure in future.

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Learning from African Farmers: How “Re-greening” Boosts Food Security

Learning from African Farmers: How “Re-greening” Boosts Food Security | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it

Re-greening—a process where African farmers manage and protect trees that grow on their farms, rather than cutting them down—is already beginning to transform the continent’s drylands. Supporting and scaling up the low-tech process can not only increase crop yields in drought-prone regions, it can mitigate climate change and reduce rural poverty.

 

See more at: http://insights.wri.org/news/2013/06/learning-african-farmers-how-re-greening-boosts-food-security-curbs-climate-change#sthash.IKdumrFS.dpuf


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Our environmental deficit is now beyond nature’s ability to regenerate

Our environmental deficit is now beyond nature’s ability to regenerate | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
We are heading fast in the wrong direction despite the world gearing up to approve new sustainable development goals and a new climate accord

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What does ‘female empowerment’ mean to women in Kenya? | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

What does ‘female empowerment’ mean to women in Kenya? | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
The term female empowerment can mean something completely different in different parts of the world. On a sunny May morning, a group of women from Lower Kamula village in Western Kenya kindly agreed to show us what the term means to them.
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Unlocking the power of women farmers

Unlocking the power of women farmers | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
Focusing on women farmers will increase food production and gender equality, says Ken Davies from the World Food Programme
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African peasants reject corporate seed laws and assault on peasant seeds and food sovereignty

African peasants reject corporate seed laws and assault on peasant seeds and food sovereignty | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
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Investing In Women Farmers May Significantly Decrease World Hunger

Investing In Women Farmers May Significantly Decrease World Hunger | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
The crisis in the Sahel has gone on for far too long, with far too little coverage from media around the world. This means that women and their families have been suffering silently while the situation continues to worsen.

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Derek Ethier's curator insight, December 12, 2012 1:18 AM

While the crisis in the Sahel hits everyone hard, girls and women usually bear the brunt of the load. When food is scarce, women eat last. This is why women make up 6/10 of those in the world that are hungry. However, in the Sahel, women make up a large percentage of smallholder farms as well . After studies, many agencies have found that an investment in smallholder farms for women can greatly cut into world hunger. In fact, if women were afforded the same tools and opportunities as men on their small farms, world hunger could be cut from 12-17%. Clearly, relief agencies must seek long term solutions so the Sahel can eventually be self sufficient and more productive.

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Small-scale agriculture holds big promise for Africa

Small-scale agriculture holds big promise for Africa | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it

Terrific #GreenInvestment -> Supporting smallholder #irrigation  #sustainableagriculture through finance and technical assistance could significantly improve productivity and incomes. #GreenMIcrofinance 

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Africa's top priority

Africa's top priority | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
New studies point to extreme environmental disruptions in store for Africa, prompting leaders to seek regional remedies.
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Climate change threatens food security

Climate change threatens food security | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
The unpredictable rain attributed to the changing climate is threatening food security.

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Most People Going Hungry In Developed World Are Producing Food

Most People Going Hungry In Developed World Are Producing Food | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
For the first time in recorded history the next generation is expected to die younger than their parents due to malnutrition and diet-related disease. Hunger and malnutrition are not by-products, but an integral part of the global food system.

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Energy - Africa Renewable Energy Access (AFREA) Program

Energy - Africa Renewable Energy Access (AFREA) Program | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it

The Africa Renewable Energy and Access program (AFREA) was established in 2009 to help meet energy needs and widen access to energy services in Sub-Saharan African countries in an environmentally responsible way. AFREA was set up through a US$28.875 million contribution from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Clean Energy Investment Framework Multi-Donor Trust Fund (CEIF-MDTF) of the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP).

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African women particularly impacted by climate change

African women particularly impacted by climate change | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it

African women walk for miles across harsh terrain to find clean water sources, planting and harvesting crops through scarcity and drought. Climatic disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, and landslides, can separate families, exposing women to human trafficking, hunger, and loss of life in a matter of moments.

 

Women must be an integral part of the climate change discussion in Africa, says the United Nations Initiative of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality. Yet, women are rarely involved in forming climate change policies.

 

More than 80 percent of African women work in agriculture; approximately 95 percent of the continent relies on agriculture for its livelihood. Women are thus key figures in economic development, and should be key figures in developing preventative measures or plans for repairing the damage caused by climate change, says the U.N. 

 

According to the U.N. website, it is “imperative that a gender analysis be applied to all actions on climate change and that gender experts are consulted in climate change processes at all levels, so that women’s and men’s specific needs and priorities are identified and addressed.”


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Tanzania's agriculture revolution: land grabs or a welcome business boom?

Tanzania's agriculture revolution: land grabs or a welcome business boom? | Climate-Smart Africa | Scoop.it
Tanzania is a test case for the G8's food security alliance. But will the millions invested by agribusiness really support independent farmers and their need for tenure? Jessica Hatcher reports

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Don Brown Jr's curator insight, June 21, 2013 5:12 PM

The New Alliance for Food Security & Nutrition created by the G8 upon the request of US President Obama emphasizes the promotion of private sector growth and investment to relieve Tanzania of its agricultural deficiencies. However, in developing countries private sector investment all too often comes not from domestic but foreign shores emulating colonial trends of the past. This only further increases the concern that local farmers may lose their land to large commercial plantations. Small scale farmers need access to the right tools, resources, and information if they intend to turn around this trend and resist pressure from private investors as their interest and wellbeing should be placed over private investment.