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African Youth in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development

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    Nature & Faune, 28(2)
    Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa's Urban Food and Nutrition Equation
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    Keeping its tradition of exploring major emerging issues, Nature & Faune has chosen to dedicate this edition to looking at the implications of rapid urbanization and its implications for urban food and nutrition security, focusing on the specific roles of sustainable management and utilization of natural resources in Africa‘s fast changing urban food and nutrition equation. Eighteen articles examine and address the challenges that continuing urbanization brings to food and nutrition secu rity in Africa‘s urban centres in the context of sustainable natural resources management and utilization. The articles highlight the complementary role of natural resources in urban food and nutrition security with agricultural production remaining at the core. The editorial draws attention to the options of structuring agricultural production systems and promoting agricultural enterprises as being relevant in anticipating the changing issues of urban food security. It argues that it is difficu lt to achieve urban food security at individual country level, and thus endorses the view that urban food security is most likely achievable when regional approaches are strengthened. It suggests adopting joint agricultural and natural resources management policies within the African region as a way forward. The special feature in this edition highlights the contribution of trees, shrubs and other woody plants to food and nutrition as acknowledged in the first ever ―State of the World‘s Fores t Genetic Resources report published by FAO in June 2014. Also under the Special Feature, Martin Nganje points to the fact that forests contribute directly towards food security and improved nutrition on the African continent through their non-timber forest products.In addition some authors in this edition discuss ways in which sustainable management of forests, water, fish resources and soil respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by Africa‘s urban food security and nutrition. Fi nally, this edition casts the spotlight on Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the country under focus.
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    Nature & Faune Vol. 25, Issue 2
    Economic and social significance of forests for Africa¿s sustainable development
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    This issue examines the ¿Economic and social significance of forests for Africa¿s sustainable development¿. It addresses efforts of African nations to sustainably manage their forests. Authors share cases and experiences highlighting attempts made by forest and natural resource managers to develop innovative partnerships with new stakeholders outside the traditional forest sector. The present edition of Nature & Faune points out where to obtain information on the contribution of wildlife to nati onal economies. The regular feature Country Focus shines the spotlight on Lesotho. The special article features the socioeconomic value of forests in Rwanda where wood for fuel and other uses are harvested from planted forests, while natural forests are protected. On the menu are eleven other articles presenting diverse and rich views of the theme from Zambia, Gabon, South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana, as well as subregional perspectives from West and Central Africa. These articles and features are set within the context of International Year of the Forests 2011. Keywords: Non-wood forest products, entrepreneurship, forest-lands, socioeconomic contribution of forests, wildlife, renewable natural resources management in Africa
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    Nature and Faune
    Conservation beyond boundaries
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    This edition of Nature & Faune is devoted to exploring various aspects of Trans-Boundary Conservation. The editorial by Alan Rodgers points to the fact that although planning, implementation and monitoring of natural resource conservation is a national prerogative neighbouring countries need to collaborate in achieving wise development of shared resources. The Special Feature by Craig Beech on Peace Parks Foundation argues that the establishment of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) is exp ected to enhance job creation, biodiversity conservation, peace and stability in the region. A number of articles on transboundary conservation activities are presented, embracing examples from west, central and southern Africa. Also included in this issue’s menu is a dash of multinational cooperation towards management of marine fish stocks. Séraphin Dedi Nadje and Jessica Hjerpe Olausson reported of the countries in the West Central Gulf of Guinea area are conscious of the need for cooper ation in the management of their fisheries resources. The Fishery Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) was consequently established, to facilitate cooperation in fisheries management in the subregion. The country under focus in this edition is Sudan which is the largest country on the African continent and has the largest freshwater wetland in Africa.

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