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In an effort to reverse tree losses in the Nyeri Forest, an environmental initiative has turned to an unusual barter system, offering chickens, goats or solar panels in exchange for tree planting.

Nyeri County, known for its tea and coffee production, is home to the late Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai. It has the highest tree cover in Kenya – but its forests are dwindling as a result of human encroachment, some of it driven by climate change pressures on agriculture and water.

"It is a win-win situation," said Joram Mathenge, director of the Kiangure Springs Environmental Initiative (KSEI), based in central Kenya’s lush highlands.

Women herders in Kenya's semi-arid Laikipia County have broken with tradition to export the leaves of a desert plant to Europe, boosting their incomes.

Three hundred women in El Poloi have switched from the age-old occupation of goat-keeping to the new and far more lucrative activity of farming aloe, a plant with healing properties.

Along the way, they are transforming their economic status and creating educational opportunities for their daughters.

Women are not only the world’s primary food producers. They are hardworking and innovative and they invest far more of their earnings in their families than men. But most lack the single most important asset for accessing investment resources – land rights.

Thursday, 05 March 2015 19:41

Can Livestock Grazing Stop Desertification?

Livestock Grazing

Overgrazing has been a major cause of the creeping advance of deserts worldwide, but new management techniques might make livestock part of the solution

Zimbabwe's foremost land degradation expert has come up with a readily available solution for reversing the spread of deserts around the planet and slowing climate change in the process: He wants to let cows and sheep eat their way through the problem.

 

Virunga is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, and protected as a world heritage site. We must fight to ensure the protection of these beautiful, crucial natural areas.

Amsha Africa Foundation in partnership with Virunga Alliance is helping promote awareness of such protected world heritage sites that are increasingly being threatened by encroachment and global thirst for natural resources found within these protected environments.

Want to know what you can do to help protect Virunga? Check out the virungamovie.com website and take action to find out. Watch Virunga on Netflix by clicking here: http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/80009431

About the Documentary:

VIRUNGA IS THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF A GROUP OF BRAVE PEOPLE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE IN A PART OF AFRICA THE WORLD'S FORGOTTEN AND A GRIPPING EXPOSE OF THE REALITIES OF LIFE IN THE CONGO.

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers - including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a caretaker of orphan gorillas and a dedicated conservationist - protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they've worked so hard to protect, with the filmmakers and the film’s participants caught in the crossfire.

A powerful combination of investigative journalism and nature documentary, VIRUNGA is the incredible true story of a group of courageous people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world’s forgotten, and a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Congo.

 

Native vegetables such as guar, Dogon shallot, and celosia could play an important role in feeding Africa.

No single food can put an end to hunger. But worldwide there are many different fruits and vegetables that are helping to improve nutrition and diets, while increasing incomes and improving livelihoods.

Friday, 16 January 2015 11:06

Nice and dirty – the importance of soil

Be it laterite, loam, peat or clay, soil is life. It's the foundation of food security, and so the UN has declared 2015 as the year to draw attention to the stuff.

Monday, 05 January 2015 15:29

How to boost food production in Africa

Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa.

It says these farmers are now facing the risk of being overwhelmed by the pace and severity of climate change.

Friday, 19 December 2014 18:21

Season's Greetings 2014

Wishing our Amsha Africa Foundation team, friends, and family health and happiness this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year.

Thank you for your support in 2014 and hope you all have a healthy and blessed 2015!

Monday, 25 August 2014 12:15

Distributing Eyeglasses in Nairobi County

Amsha Africa Foundation staff led by Janet Shali & Stella Mawondo distributed over 500 pairs of reading glasses to the community living in Kiambiu slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kiambiu (sometimes spelled as Kiambio) is a slum in Nairobi with 40-50,000 residents. Kiambiu is 4 kilometers east of the center of Nairobi. Its name comes from the Swahili word "mbiu-mbiu", which translates as "to be on the run". Of all slums in Nairobi, Kiambiu is the most recently established with a greater accessibility in pathways, drinking water resources and waste handling; these are major challenges to most slums in Kenya (Wikipedia)

This distribution of glasses is part of the ongoing partnership with Eyes on Africa with a mission to provide eyeglasses at no cost to people who would otherwise have no access to them.

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