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30 June 2020 Suriname

Better agricultural practices in Suriname lead to sustainable livelihoods

In a Saamaka Maroon village on the Upper Suriname River, the owners of a new agricultural cooperative learn that higher agricultural yields are possible with forest-saving agricultural methods. The idea is to scale up this good agricultural practice to more villages in the interior of Suriname.

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30 June 2020 the Netherlands

Making knowledge work for forests and people - Annual Report 2019

This annual report presents highlights from the wide variety of our achievements over 2019—a year in which forests featured high on many agendas.

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18 June 2020 General

Community forest rights in the Philippines and Nigeria: Strong legal foundation is not enough

Over the last couple of decades, governments all over the world introduced forest tenure reforms. A key element of these reforms is to grant forest rights to local communities and indigenous peoples, which is expected to contribute to local development objectives as well as conservation. So far, however, the outcomes have been mixed.

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12 June 2020 General

Impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on rural communities in Ghana, Uganda and DR Congo

“Until I could not mobilise ten people to support harvesting my cocoa beans, I had always thought COVID-19 was a disease for the rich, and as such, a problem limited to the city” (Yaw Yeboah, Kumkumso-Bia West District, Ghana).

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02 June 2020 General

The effects of COVID-19 measures on rural communities

The COVID-19 crisis can affect communities in tropical forested landscapes in different ways. When measures to prevent the spread of the disease are restricting the movement of freight and people, farmers may no longer be able to buy and sell products at the market. It has also been suggested that the crisis can increase illegal extraction of natural resources, for example when companies try to take advantage of reduced monitoring and law enforcement.

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02 June 2020 General

COVID-19 has Indigenous communities in Colombia and Bolivia relying on their own food production

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many indigenous peoples in Latin America have locked down their territories. This should help prevent the spread of the disease to these extra vulnerable communities. But, how do such measures impact the people in these areas, their access to food, and the way natural resources are being used?

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