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FAO TO STEP UP "ACACIA PROJECT" IN EFFORT TO RECLAIM DESERTS AROUND THE WORLD...

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FAO to Scale-up Acacia Project to Combat Climate Change and Desertification


10 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has identified the Acacia pilot project, which has proven successful in combating desertification, for wider roll out.

The Acacia Project has operated since 2004 and involves planting Acacia forests to combat desertification and provide socioeconomic benefits to local communities. 
The trees are improving soil quality, providing shelter for crops, creating fodder for livestock and producing gum Arabic to be sold on the international market. 
The project is being trialled in Senegal where the shock from the decline in the peanut market is being reduced through engagement in the gum Arabic sector. 
The pilot project has worked in 44 villages in Senegal and is underway in five other countries. 

FAO is seeking funding for wider implementation across the lands bordering the Sahara desert. [FAO Press Release]

LA FAO Y LA GUERRA CONTRA LOS DESIERTOS....

ECOLOGÍA | 17.06.2011
La FAO le declara la guerra a los desiertos



Dunas desérticas.

Deutsche Welle conversó con un directivo de la FAO sobre el Proyecto Acacia, un programa para detener la expansión de los desiertos en África cuyo concepto bien puede implementarse en zonas áridas de América Latina.




Este viernes (17.06.2011), la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO) aprovechó la conclusión de la I Semana contra la Desertificación –un evento celebrado en Dakar, Senegal, para desarrollar estrategias conjuntas en contra de la expansión de los desiertos en África– y presentó los resultados de su Proyecto Acacia, un programa piloto que arrancó en 2004 con el objetivo de devolver a los suelos áridos del continente la fertilidad que conocieron en otras épocas.

La estrategia en cuestión, que ha involucrado sobre todo a mujeres y niños para garantizar su “seguridad alimentaria” –el acceso físico, social y económico a los alimentos que necesitan–, busca mitig…

2011 UNITED NATIONS "YEAR OF THE FOREST": FAO DECLARES WAR ON DESERTS AROUND THE WORLD

UNITED NATIONS | 04.02.2011
2011 is the UN's Year of Forests



Every year, 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed

Illegal logging, slashing, burning and conversion of forests into arable land are threatening the planet's 'green lung'. 

The UN hopes to change that with the International Year of Forests.




More than a billion people worldwide depend on forests for their livelihoods and forests are considered the most important ecological system on land for sustaining biological diversity. Every year, however, some 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed - an area the size of Costa Rica.

According to a report by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, the rate of loss has declined somewhat over the past decade, but remains "alarmingly high".

Lobbying for forests
Forests are cleared to make room for crop plantationsThe UN launched the 'International Year of Forests' earlier this month, with the hope of raising awareness about forest conse…

THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF THE ELEMENTS THAT MANGO TREES NEED TO GROW AND PRODUCE HEALTHY FRUIT

Plant Nutrients


Sixteen chemical elements are known to be important to a plant's growth and survival. The sixteen chemical elements are divided into two main groups: non-mineral and mineral.

Non-Mineral Nutrients
The Non-Mineral Nutrients are hydrogen (H), oxygen (O), & carbon (C).

These nutrients are found in the air and water.

In a process called photosynthesis, plants use energy from the sun to change carbon dioxide (CO2 - carbon and oxygen) and water(H2O- hydrogen and oxygen) into starches and sugars. 
These starches and sugars are the plant's food.

Photosynthesis means "making things with light".

Since plants get carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from the air and water, there is little farmers and gardeners can do to control how much of these nutrients a plant can use.


Mineral Nutrients

The 13 mineral nutrients, which come from the soil, are dissolved in water and absorbed through a plant's roots. There are not always enough of these nutrients in the soil for a plan…

PAKISTAN'S MANGOES IN JEOPARDY AS MONSOON APPROACHES....

For Pakistan, monsoon rains bring fresh fears
Yet to recover from last year's devastating floods that left millions homeless,the country braces for heavy rainfall.

Mujib Mashal Last Modified: 02 Jul 2011 16:04





The UN says two to five million people could be affected by this years floods [GALLO/GETTY]


Last summer, devastating floods caused by heavy monsoon rains swept across Pakistan, disrupting the lives of close to 20 million people. Nearly 2,000 Pakistanis were killed, 1.5 million houses were destroyed and over 11 million people displaced from their homes.

"The world has never seen such a disaster," UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon declared during a visit to the flood affected areas.

Most of the displaced have returned to start rebuilding their homes, government and UN officials say. But some had nothing to return to, so they remain in displacement camps. Those who did return fear that they might lose it all once again.

The Pakistani government and the United Nations have sen…

TIME TO GET BACK TO BASICS.....

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO READIES FOR MANGO FESTIVAL TOMORROW....

UNTOLD BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOUND IN SACRED TEMPLE IN SOUTHERN INDIA....

'Billions worth' of treasure found in Indian temple                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                              AFP – Sat, Jul 2, 2011



A treasure trove of gold and silver jewelry, coins and precious stones said to be …


A treasure trove of gold and silver jewelry, coins and precious stones said to be worth billions of dollars has been found in a Hindu temple in southern India, officials said on Saturday.

The valuables have an estimated preliminary worth of over 500 billion rupees ($11.2 billion), said Kerala Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar, catapulting the temple into the league of India's richest temples.

The thousands of necklaces, coins and pr…

HARYANA MANGO FESTIVAL PICTORAL ESSAY....

THE MOTHER OF ALL MANGO FESTIVALS: HARYANA FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE OVER 2,500 VARIETIES!!!!....

Mango Festival begins in Haryana                                                     
PTI | 09:07 PM,                                                                                               

Jul 02,2011

Chandigarh, Jul 2 (PTI) The annual Mango Festival of Haryana begins near here today with over 2500 varieties of mangoes in all shapes and sizes on display.
As many as 2592 entries of mouth-watering mangoes from all across the northern part of India and a range of mango products were displayed at the 20th edition of the festival at Yadavindra Gardens in Pinjore.
Apart from showcasing various varieties of mangoes and providing an opportunity to the visitors to see and taste mangoes, the two-day event, jointly organised by Haryana Tourism and Department of Horticulture, would be a grand affair featuring an assortment of cultural activities.Speaking on the occasion, Principal Secretary to Haryana Chief Minister Chhatar Singh said the mela marked the arrival of mango which is considered as…

A NEW VARIETY IS UNVIELED AT 23RD MANGO FESTIVAL IN DELHI, INDIA IN HONOR OF CHIEF MINISTER ...

A 'mango' tribute to Sheila Dikshit                                                                                   
Jul 1, 2011, 08.04pm IST

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Impressed by Sheila Dikshit's leadership, a farmer from Uttar Pradesh has named his mango 'Sheila'.

NEW DELHI: Now, a mango has been named after Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

'Sheila' - a new mango variety cultivated by Tariq Mustafa from Uttar Pradesh - is on display at the 23rd edition of the Mango Festival which began here on Friday.

Mustafa says he named the mango after the chief minister as a tribute to her leadership.

The mango festival, inaugurated by Delhi social welfare minister Kiran Walia, promises a unique combination of traditional and cultural diversity of the country, showcasing around 400 uncommon and commercially popular varieties of the mangoes, art, handloom, crafts, events and cuisine under one roof.

Expecting around 50,000 footfalls in the three-day fe…

23RD ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL IN DELHI, INDIA BAZAAR UNDERWAY....

Festival for 'aam' aadmi begins
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 01, 2011

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First Published: 23:42 IST(1/7/2011)
Last Updated: 23:44 IST(1/7/2011)


Do you want to see a mango as small as a litchi and as big as a papaya? 
Well, you will find all that and more at the 23rd Mango Festival. Around 500 varieties of mangoes, including rare varieties of the king of fruits are displayed at the festival that was inaugurated on Friday by Delhi’s social welfare minister Kiran Walia at Dilli Haat, Pitampura.



The 23rd Mango Festival showcases how mango —Mangifera Indica — still holds the top position among fruits, officials from Delhi Tourism said.

The 23rd edition of the festival has received tremendous participation from traditional growers of mango, especially from Jhinjhana (near Saharanpur), Lucknow, Meerut and Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh). 
Apart from providing an opportunity to visitors to savour the mangoes from various parts of the country, the festival also …

500 VARIETIES OF MANGO WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT INDIA MANGO FESTIVAL

City ready for mango mania


TNN Jul 1, 2011, 06.25am IST



NEW DELHI: The mango hasn't had an easy time this year what with unseasonal rains and dust storms hitting the crop across the country . 
Supply has been erratic and retailers are complaining of there being less fruit this time. "Is saal chausa aya hi nahin, dhang-ka (we didn't get good chausa this year)," gripes Jaiveer, who sells fruit in Hauz Khas. "There's 25% less supply this year and cartons that should come for Rs 100-120 are now worth Rs 200-250 ," he said.

There won't be any shortage of them at Dilli Haat Pitampura, however , where the 23rd Mango Festival begins on Friday. It'll be on till July 3. 
For mango lovers, the fest promises a rare treat: a chance to see, if not sample, 500 of the 1,000 mango varieties that India boasts of.                                    These include sirki, neeleshwani, royal SP, suwarn, jahangir, Kensington, fazli, Bombay green and banganpalli. It will al…