Cocoa Farmers Trained on Curbing Deforestation

People the world over consume chocolate, yet very few can ever imagine how the process of producing the raw material for chocolate – cocoa – contributes to deforestation, global warming and climate change. The initial biodiversity loss begins when vast swathes of forests are cut down and burned to provide land for planting of cocoa trees. This is followed by the cutting down of forests to fetch wood for drying of cocoa beans, during which black carbon is emitted as a short-lived climate pollutant. In the cocoa production cycle, a fundamental aspect that determines the quantity of wood fuel use...
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Environment Club Set Up After Climate Education Workshop

Almost every debate on climate change in recent years has focused on the political and socio-economic dimensions of climate change, with little attention paid to the educational part to create awareness among the younger generation whom we are striving to save the planet for. Building on this knowledge gap within the framework of Eco Relief’s initiative for Climate Education and Practical Action (CEPA), a three-day workshop was organised in the campus of Bukonde Secondary School in Mbale, eastern Uganda. This workshop was organised with financial support from the Gylestedt Family Foundation an...
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Women

In developing economies, women are primarily responsible for running the household through food crop farming and securing water for household use. For water-stress communities, women endure the daily and lifelong challenge of trekking several kilometers to fetch water from streams and rivers for cooking, gardening and household consumption. With such lifestyle, women are deprived of the time and opportunity to engage in other income generating activities that will support the family. As the bread winners of most families, women predominantly depend on agriculture which remains the econom...
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Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples have rich and ancient cultures and regard their socio-economic, spiritual and environmental systems as strongly interconnected and interdependent. As a result, they make valuable contributions to the world’s heritage thanks to their traditional knowledge and understanding of ecosystem management. However, they are among the world’s most vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged groups of people in society such that their voices are not heard in development consultations, their rights not respected and their wellbeing not considered by their respective governments. More i...
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Smallholder Farmers

Rural farmers manage approximately 500 million small farms and provide over 80 per cent of the food consumed in large parts of the developing world, particularly Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. They contribute to food security and poverty alleviation is such that, as one study showed, a one-per-cent increase in agricultural per-capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reduced the poverty gap five times more than a one-per-cent increase in GDP in other sectors, especially amongst the poorest people. Yet, smallholder farmers feel the brunch than any other group of people when climate change ...
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Youth

The Youth comprises nearly 30 percent of the world’s population and in developing countries, they are often neglected and overlooked by policy makers. This can largely be attributed to business-as-usual concern for immediate solutions to problems of national development, with an erroneous perception that youth are not yet industrious and contributing members of society. Despite the youth representing the future and hope of every country, those of developing countries have limited opportunities for participation and most often are unable to make their voices heard. This is exacerbated by the...
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Eco Relief on Working Visit to Tiko Mangroves

Despite the government of Cameroon decreeing the creation of protected areas in mangrove ecosystems, including the Tiko creeks, there isn’t enough information to communities to design an effective conservation landscape. It is for this reason that Eco Relief carried out a two-day working visit to the Tiko mangroves – one of the country’s most depleted mangroves ecosystem – to lay the groundwork for such an initiative. Our project therefore will design a conservation landscape based on spatial needs of species with greatest impact on ecosystem functions and huge area requirements. That is,...
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Children

In some developing countries, the lack of potable water brings to children the burden of joining family members to fetch water for household use. And when climate change affects crop yield, parents resort to engaging children to support on the farms as additional labour to boost output. The timing for these activities frequently coincide with school hours such that children lose hundreds of hours of education every year through absenteeism. Having such tasks on children has been identified by the International Community as Child Labour – work that is inappropriate for a child’s age, affects...
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Ethnic Minorities

The poorest communities in developing countries tend to be minority communities that have been targets of long-standing discrimination and exclusion from development interventions. Poverty here must be viewed as both a cause and a manifestation of the diminished rights, opportunities, and social advancement available to the members of those communities. If poverty reduction initiatives and efforts to achieve the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals are to benefit minorities, more coherent efforts and targeted strategies are required that address directly the plight of disadvantaged minoriti...
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