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Plantations Ministry says they have decided to "provide safe locations" - Newsfirst

Plantations Ministry says they have decided to "provide safe locations" - Newsfirst | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
The Ministry of Plantations has decided to provide lands that are deemed safe to occupants living in landslide prone areas located near plantation estates.
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This article creates in me nostalgia for Ghana's past, when plantation estates littered the countryside under the aegis of several state-owned corporations, providing massive employment and large volumes of cheap affordable produce but poor balance-sheet results. We can try again but this time with private proprietors doing the actual cultivation and the state, providing enabling infrastructure in every wise. The profit motive would ensure operations that are financially rewarding, employment generating in rural areas, abundantly producing large volumes of food and raw materials for industry and returning vibrant livelihoods to rural communities once again

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Giving back: The secret to getting the most out of people in one of the world's best plantations - Business Circle

Giving back: The secret to getting the most out of people in one of the world's best plantations - Business Circle | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
By Alvin Ung United Plantations - Carl Bek-Nielsen As our bright-red Mercedes Benz four-wheel drive screeched to a halt, Datuk Carl Bek-Nielsen, the blue-e (Throwback Fri: Giving back: The secret to getting the most out of people in one of the world's...
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A full heart, an outpouring of love, an eye for detail, a love of perfection, a mind for business, a caring employer- superlatives without number, creating an utopia- I would love to work here, secure in the knowledge that if I do my best by the firm, it would also do its best by me......

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SADA mango plantations wither due to lack of water - GhanaWeb

SADA mango plantations wither due to lack of water GhanaWeb Joy News' Manasseh Azure Awuni, who spent weeks touring the project sites reports that on a hot afternoon, farmers in Kadentwe community in the Krachi West District poured out their...
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It could have worked, it should have worked. Lesson for the future- implementation is too important to be left in the hands of project co-ordinators alone, the beneficiary landed proprietors must be in a position to act to protect their livelihoods, to avert disaster whilst it is still possible to.

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FG backs plantations owners to stop importation of palm oil

FG backs plantations owners to stop importation of palm oil | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
The Federal Government has indicated its preparedness to support Plantations Owners' Forum of Nigeria (POFON), to stop further importation to save the nation's palm oil industry from extinction. Speaking at the panel review ...
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Our grip on traditional institutions must be strenghtened- the pioneers of the palm oil trade had West Africa as the base of their operations and this spawned giant conglomerates, now South-East Asia is the focus of this trade and the originating region is a net importer, the 'descendants' coming back to organise their 'sires'. To be competitive in a diminished traditional industry do we adopt the much-maligned practices of our inheritors, to wit, massive plantation development with processing units,which have ecological consequences? After all, oil palm is native to West Africa and can be regarded as its natural habitat- by plantations we are only giving it a helping hand.
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Can green investments boost reforestation?

Can green investments boost reforestation? | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it

Leo Pröstler heads an investment fund that has set up a reforestation project in Costa Rica with tropical wood. He tells Global Ideas why the model makes good business sense as well as helps restore the environment.

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How does BaumInvest work?

Individuals or companies invest money for a 24-year time period, and we use those funds to purchase former pastures and coconut plantations in northern Costa Rica and reforest them. We plant teak, mahagony, roble coral, cebo, almendro and other indigenous tree species. When they mature, we sell their wood and return investors’ money with yield.

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What about the investors? Are they drawn in by the 6.3 percent return on their investment? Or because they believe in the cause? Isn’t there a bit of greenwashing for the soul going on here?

The investors place their money with us because they trust us. Almost all of them are driven to invest because of ecological or social motives. There are many who want to show their children that money can change things, but that it takes patience: This project will run for generations. My son Stefan is coordinating the reforestation projects in Costa Rica and has made that his goal for the next 30 years. He now has a son too who is growing up there.

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One more question on the return on investment: I get two percent interest on my bank account right now. I’d be pretty skeptical if you promised me six percent….

Well, there are plenty of other forest investment projects that promise a return of nine to twelve percent. These numbers are based on the estimated increase in wood prices, among other things. We had to provide the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, or BaFin, with a very specific calculation for the coming 24 years. Other timber funds are unrealistic with their predictions of how wood prices will climb, forecasting six percent - but we stuck to just two percent. That might be unrealistic too, and in that case we’ll have to send our wood to Vietnam where it can be processed cheaply - even if I want to avoid that scenario. But maybe it’ll be different, maybe there will be legislation at some point prohibiting people from cutting down wild teak. Then we’d be in a unique position with our plantations.

All those uncertainties make the whole thing risky for investors but they are aware of that. All in all, though, you have to see that we have come a long, long way from when we first started out at BaumInvest planting monocultures. I’m not a specialist in forestry, and maybe that’s why it was easier for me to do things with our tree nurseries that other people called impossible. The same goes for the local farmers - in the beginning, they thought we were crazy and didn’t take us seriously. Now they say it rains more, thanks to the trees we planted.


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An ecological planter, an enlightened 'despot', a philosopher 'king', call him what you will, he is the avant garde........

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www.maisonpleinair.fr's curator insight, October 6, 2014 9:21 AM

Soutenons les démarches citoyennes pour la reforestation des forets tropicales ! Ce projet concerne le Costa Rica - pays dont l'empreinte globale écologique est neutre ! Fait exceptionnel dans notre monde contemporain.

D'autres pays ont besoin de ces projets d'urgence : Birmanie, Indonésie, Congo, Brésil> Les plus grandes forets sur terre !

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Cornell Plantations Botanical Gardens and Arboretum

Cornell Plantations Botanical Gardens and Arboretum | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
Plant- and tree-lovers will enjoy visiting Cornell Plantations botanical gardens and arboretum, just 13 miles from my Finger Lakes inn!
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With the injection of manicuring, a certain flexibility is introduced into what would otherwise be wilderness(all the benefits of domestication imparted to a primeval setting)
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Benefits of birds at coffee plantations revealed - DigitalJournal.com

Benefits of birds at coffee plantations revealed - DigitalJournal.com | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
DigitalJournal.com Benefits of birds at coffee plantations revealed DigitalJournal.com Stanford University biologists have observed that coffee growers in Costa Rica bolster bird biodiversity by leaving patches of their plantations as untouched...
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The much-awaited blending of planters and conservationists, that it was possible at all speaks of a brighter future for all species in all eco-systems...

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Save and Grow: Cassava

Save and Grow: Cassava | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
Sustainable crop production intensification can be summed up in the words save and grow. Sustainable intensification means a productive agriculture that conserves and enhances natural resources.
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The cassava tuber is a store of starch and therein lies its attraction for me. Starch, by modern industrial processes can be transformed into virtually anything, it's the epitome of an industrial raw material.

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Visiting fine tea plantations in China « Discovering Tea

Visiting fine tea plantations in China « Discovering Tea | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
François-Xavier Delmas is a passionate globetrotter. He's been touring the world's tea plantations for more than 20 years in search of the finest teas. As the founder of Le Palais des Thés, he believes that travelling is all about ...
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Tea has become a beverage of choice, even a fast food and provides a livelihood for many from farm to table- it deserves great attention and study.

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Chinese SOE Makes Long-Term Investment in NZ Forestry

Chinese SOE Makes Long-Term Investment in NZ Forestry | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it

China Forestry Group New Zealand Company Limited (China Forestry Group NZ) has agreed to acquire part of the NZ Superannuation Fund’s North Island forestry assets, following a competitive tender and Overseas Investment Office approval.

 

China Forestry Group NZ is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Forest Group Corporation, a Chinese State Owned Enterprise owned and controlled by the People’s Republic of China. China Forest Group Corporation’s is a major Chinese forestry company with business interests covering a range of timber related businesses including the ownership of forest plantations, wood processing, facilities and timber product manufacturing and related sale and distribution to the Chinese Construction sector. Each year China Forest Group Corporation imports over US$311 million of forestry products worldwide.

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Graeme Wong, Director of China Forestry Group NZ and spokesperson for the buyer said, “The parent company China Forest Group has made this investment on order to secure part of its overall demand for New Zealand logs from its own forests. This is a long-term investment and the forests acquired will be re-planted following harvest to maintain continuity of supply.”

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This is the first step in CNFP’s strategy to invest in the NZ forestry industry, by acquiring additional forests to expand its total forest estate over time and exploring profitable opportunities to add value to its NZ forest assets.

The forestry estate comprises some 13,600 hectares of which around 10,400 are productive. 

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“Owning the forestry estate will not likely see any reduction in the purchase of export logs from other New Zealand suppliers. Rather it should see the company sourcing more of its timber requirements from New Zealand,” Graeme Wong said.

 

Lin Zhan, General Manager of China National Forests said, “China Forestry Group NZ will establish a permanent base in New Zealand in order to manage the newly acquired forest estate. To ensure that the forests are managed to best practice, New Zealand based in-forest suppliers will continue to provide the in-forest services. We don’t envisage job losses, in fact over time; our forestry interests in this country should generate additional employment opportunities for New Zealanders.”

 


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If China's overtures to New Zealand are not disturbing and are viewed with favour, then the South-South co-operation can use it as a template.

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Surprising habitat: camera traps reveal high levels of mammal diversity in oil palm plantations

Surprising habitat: camera traps reveal high levels of mammal diversity in oil palm plantations | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
After more than four and a half years of camera trap footage, the results are encouraging: 36 mammal species, of which more than half are legally protected, are prospering in this most surprising of spots: an oil palm plantation in the province of...
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The sacred groves concept of our African forebears at last vindicated. Leaving extensive patches of primal forests within cultivated acreages and settlements conserves the habitats of other members of the ecological community. Plantations which maintain a mosaic of virgin wilderness might be promoting the welfare of the entire ecological pyramid....

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Problem with plantations - Daily Mirror

Problem with plantations - Daily Mirror | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
Problem with plantations
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lantations are not forests” is a phrase that has been around for many years, but that does not mean that tree plantations are neither good nor bad in them.
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Innoculations(commonly using attenuated forms of disease pathogens) describe a mild form of the ailment before conferring the desired immunity and with the carbon footprint the expectation of reversal without gestation(and its accompanying disagreeablenesses) might have been too optimistic.....

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Ghana looks to plantations to create jobs - spyghana.com

Ghana looks to plantations to create jobs - spyghana.com | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
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Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has announced plans by government to create many jobs through the establishment of plantations across the country.
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No industry can claim the distinction of being totally eco-friendly and plantations, which it's claimed shrink bio-diversity, have the advantage of reducing the carbon footprint. Ghana, in particular, has been here before the large state plantations of the Nkrumah era attesting, and if for nothing at all they exhibited a boundless capacity to absorb labour and provide livelihoods.

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Sudan seeks to boost wheat plantations to cut imports - Sudan Tribune

Sudan seeks to boost wheat plantations to cut imports - Sudan Tribune | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
Sudan Tribune Sudan seeks to boost wheat plantations to cut imports Sudan Tribune The deputy director of Sudan's agricultural bank, Salah Hassan, said that wheat plantation project will kick off in the winter season adding that fertilizers and...
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This is an approach that has been tried and did not work- it amounts to thinking inside the box. Why does the planner seek to impose an involuntary restraint on the producers, when the market for the commodity is dynamic, not respecting national boundaries? The farmers should have an export marketing outlet that keys into the global market, so that the mechanisms which determine flows would work to mop up all their output. The bane of this approach is that after the first few harvests, the local farmers are no longer competitive even on the domestic market and large-scale imports resume, whereas left connected to international markets, there would have been that peculiar somebody somewhere, who would have found a use for their production, when brought to his attention. The name of the game is "Leave Your Options Open"..

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Savanna Plantations to nurse one million shea seedlings ...

Savanna Plantations to nurse one million shea seedlings ... | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
Savanna Plantations, a Tamale-based plantations development organisation that is into cultivation of mangoes, shea nuts, neem, agro forestry and epiculture (bee keeping), is to nurse one million shea seedlings for onward ...
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This amounts to bringing order to chaos. The Shea grows wild and the import of this is that, its domestication has begun... the oil-palm of the savanna...

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Plantations to be slowly converted into forests - TAMIL NADU

Plantations to be slowly converted into forests - TAMIL NADU | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
Scientists are considering converting plantations that will have expired their lease periods into natural forests. The intention is to restore the ecological equilibrium of the plantations and change them gradually into a natural ...
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.... of a muchness to nurturing orphaned wildlife and releasing them into the wild, giving them a headstart....

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Cassava can become Africa's new cash crop

Cassava can become Africa's new cash crop | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
Cassava is abundant in sub-Saharan Africa, and could be an ideal crop to improve food security for millions of people
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Versatile cassava is a food crop of great renown- everything from its crown to its heel can be eaten if you're minded to- all you need to square it is a source of protein.

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Is food waste by consumers making a mockery of advances in sustainable agriculture?

Is food waste by consumers making a mockery of advances in sustainable agriculture? | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
Britain's biggest supermarkets defend their practices after a report suggested that up to half of the world's food is thrown away.

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In this instance, waste is synonymous with surplus. Try a new tack- export it.

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Marsha Irving's curator insight, January 11, 2013 6:53 AM

With lack of food for our growing population being of significant importance from 2013 onwards, how is it 'that between 30% and 50% of the four billions tonnes of food produced around the world each year (goes) to waste" as this article suggests?

 

With heated debates over food and fuels and the emergence of an agricultural sector that is more and more concerned about 'sustainability' is it not important to drive this notion through to the retail market who are neglecting to promote moral food ethics?

 

There is an easy remedy to the pracitce of rejecting food based on cosmetics (size, shape, colour) - allow consumers to purchase unattractive food at a discounted price (rather than wasting the product completely).

 

Consumers who are worried over increasing food prices would applaud this opportunity. Even if the product is not sold at full price, surely the retailer will also benefit from some revenue rather than no revenue if the product is instead wasted?

 

The matter of providing adequate transport and storage infrastructure to save food from spoiling before hitting our shelves is another matter bourne by the retailer. The sheer volume of wasted usable goods based on growing consumer demand for foods should again be reason enough for solutions to be found here.

 

Overall, I see huge economies of injustice here.

 

Most notably...

 

Injustice relating to agricultural producers keen to produce sustainably sourced foods should see increasing pressures to ensure sustainability throughout the agriculture value chain.

 

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Injustice towards our growing population that is in desperate need of cheaper food and is not being provided for by retailers.

 

 

It is time that we clean up our act and drive 'sustainable' practices throughout the agriculture sector not only from the place of production but right down to the time food hits our shelves.

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30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life [infographic]

30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life [infographic] | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life [infographic] Infographic is one of the best Infographics created in the category. Check out 30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life [infographic] now!

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Only God can change the counsel of Ahitophel into foolishness.

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Brian Jones Francis's curator insight, May 13, 2013 10:55 AM

Just becuase everyone is doing something doesn’t make something right...I like this one: Why fit in when your were born to stand out ?

Lee Wise's curator insight, May 22, 2013 4:11 PM

I just thought this was interesting... And, I enjoyed the layout of the quotes!  Hopefully, one more Beautiful Moment will come your way! 

deedee's curator insight, May 11, 3:09 AM

love dr seuss

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farmlandgrab.org | Indonesia plans to expand palm oil, cocoa plantations to Nigeria

farmlandgrab.org | Indonesia plans to expand palm oil, cocoa plantations to Nigeria | Food and Drink multinationals | Scoop.it
"Nigeria has offered land for us, no matter how large we need," says
Indonesian Industry Minister MS Hidayat

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Indonesia's transformation was partly driven by agriculture. If it can be replicated in Nigeria(a fellow oil producer) successfully, the stage would have been set for others to follow.

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