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London’s Muslims take a green bite out of Ramadan

London’s Muslims take a green bite out of Ramadan

Sitting in straight rows on the floor, supping on bowls of soup made from foraged nettles and home-grown vegetable stew, a group of London Muslims are breaking with Ramadan tradition.

The evening meal known as iftar breaks the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and is often associated with environmentally-unfriendly excess, with tables groaning under the weight of heavy meat dishes.

Food for Thought lecture weekend at the School of Artisan Food

Food for Thought lecture weekend at the School of Artisan Food

The School of Artisan Food is hosting another fascinating weekend of talks delivered by leaders in the food world. The lectures take place over the weekend of 19th & 20th May. The cost is £55 for a single day or £95 for both days.

Food for Thought offers a unique opportunity to listen, share and join in the discussions on a wide range of topical food subjects.

As water shortages grow, ‘Day Zero’ becomes everyday in India

As water shortages grow, ‘Day Zero’ becomes everyday in India

Parched Cape Town, in South Africa, has managed to push back its “Day Zero” – an estimate of when taps in the city could run dry – to 2019 after successful water-saving efforts.

But in India, “Day Zero” has come and gone for residents in many parts of the country, where taps failed long ago and people have turned instead to digging wells or buying water.

Too late to plant green seed among world’s forgotten palm oil farmers?

Too late to plant green seed among world’s forgotten palm oil farmers?

When palm oil farmer Isnin Kasno eventually retires, his three children will turn their backs on the family’s small plantation in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor. Like many ageing oil palm growers in Southeast Asia, the 58-year-old struggles to make ends meet from his 2 hectares (5 acres), and his adult children have little appetite for the physically demanding work and dwindling financial rewards.

“It makes me very sad,” said Kasno, who planted his land in 1983 after working in Singapore’s construction industry. “Soon, when I no longer have the energy to help with the harvesting, my only option will be to lease my farm.”

The man who wants to pull 60,000 Rwandans out of poverty by planting trees

The man who wants to pull 60,000 Rwandans out of poverty by planting trees

Jean Baptiste Mutabaruka is on the road to the local bank, again. When he gets there, he will inquire once more about raising money for an idea he thinks will reduce poverty in his small farming community of 60,000 in the province of Eastern Rwanda. For 10 years, Jean Baptiste has journeyed through the parched villages of the Karangazi Sector, even in soaring heat, to champion the planting of trees, which he sees as a potent antidote to widespread poverty in the region.

According to research conducted by WRI, he is right. Planting and protecting trees would likely lead to increased land productivity, as well as improving food and water security. The Tigray region of Ethiopia halved its poverty level through restoring land over the last 20 years.

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