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Global food systems are failing humanity and speeding up climate change: New report from 130 national academies issues wake-up call to leaders on eve of COP24

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The current approach to food, nutrition, agriculture, and the environment is unsustainable and must change. There is no time to waste, say the 130 national academies of science and medicine across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe that compose the InterAcademy Partnership.
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EduPlant announces this year's competition winners

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EduPlant, South Africa’s leading food gardening and greening programme, held its biennial schools competition in the first week of October this year. Each of the 66 finalist schools competed for the honoured title of Best Permaculture School Garden in the country and, on the afternoon of the prize-giving and gala lunch, over R430 000 worth of prizes were distributed. EduPlant, initiated and managed by Food & Trees for Africa in partnership with The Woolworths Trust, saw an action-packed week of workshops and presentations and ended in roaring success: everyone was a winner!
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Growing Food, Farmers and Futures: Enhancing Food Security And Household Nutrition With Farmers in the eThekwini Region

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Food & Trees for Africa’s KwaZulul-Natal branch has provided training, support, skills development and mentorship to 60 small scale farmers within the eThekwini Region from 2015 to 2018 through the Farmer Eco-Enterprise Development (FEED) Africa Programme.

The sites range from 0,5ha to 16ha. Training workshops were conducted to assist the farmers to upskill from subsistence to semi-commercial level. At the end of the three year programme, 65% of the
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100 Trees Planted at Fort Hare University in Honour of Madiba

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ALICE – 21 September 2018 – On the 21st of September representatives from the East London branch of Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA), a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, visited Fort Hare University for the planting of 100 trees in honour of Madiba. This was the fourth and final tree planting in the region since July 2018. These tree plantings form part of KMSA’s commitment to donate 500 trees in remembrance of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, in areas where the great man spent his formative years.
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10 Years of Tree Planting with Konica Minolta South Africa

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JOHANNESBURG – September 2018 – This September, Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA), a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, and Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA) are celebrating a decade of planting trees together.

The tree planting partnership began in September 2008 when KMSA donated 3,500 trees to FTFA programme, Trees for Homes, in Orange Farm, near Johannesburg. Through the project over 3,000 homes in the area received trees (either fruit or shade trees), and many schools and community centres in the area also received trees.
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Shoprite’s Hustle Entrepreneur of the Month, PLNK Watches donates to FTFA

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Boitumelo Jegeh of PLNK Watches, is one of Shoprite’s Hustle Entrepreneurs of the Month for July 2018. Shoprite writes, “There’s a new generation of entrepreneurs emerging from our communities. Boitumelo is one of them, using social media as her greatest sales tool to create the hype and demand for her product, PLNK Watches. She started an e-commerce store that sells designer watches crafted from reclaimed wood. This allows her customers to add their own personal touches, which Boitumelo graciously adds to these unique orders. There’s more to this upcoming entrepreneur than likes, shares and check-outs. She donates a percentage of PLNK Watches’ earnings to Food & Trees for Africa to help make a change in the real world.

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National Arbor Month with Food & Trees for Africa

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This Arbor Month is starting with a bang – with the planting of over 6400 trees nationally in 2018. We’re planting trees at homes and schools throughout the country.

Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) will be attending the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) launch of National Arbor Month on the 7th of September 2018 at Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela Local Municipality, Mpumalanga. Historically Arbor Week, 2018 marks the first year of incorporating the entire month of September into Arbor Month.
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Planting 500 Trees in Honour of 100 Years Since Nelson Mandela’s Birth

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This July staff from Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA), a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, will visit the Eastern Cape for the third successive year, to celebrate 100 years since Madiba’s birth. This initiative seeks to plant trees in remembrance of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, in areas where the great man spent his formative years. A total of 500 trees have been donated to seven identified beneficiaries in Qunu, Mvezo, Fort Hare and Idutywa. Working with local leadership and key stakeholders, beneficiaries have been identified and assessed to receive trees.
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Planting a Legacy this Mandela Day - in Mvezo and Beyond - 2631 Trees and Counting

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The 18th of July , Mandela Day, saw Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) and their partners planting trees across four provinces in South Africa. The highlight of the day was planting trees at Mandela’s place of birth, Mvezo in the Eastern Cape. President Cyril Ramaphosa and previous South African Presidents, together with various dignitaries, planted fever trees outside homestead in which Mandela was born.
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On the 27th of June 2018 FTFA, DAFF, Ekhuruleni Municipality and the community of Eden Park West in Thokoza partnered in a tree planting event that saw 300 trees planted in one day and 50 youth volunteers trained and employed.


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Greening Tembisa this Youth Month and Environment Month

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On the 14th of June Food & Trees for Africa and Cova Advisory planted trees at Tsosololo Ya Africa Secondary School in Tembisa. The school were happy to receive 40 trees, half fruit and half indigenous shade, to create an orchard at the school as well as shade for learners. School learners enthusiastically ran the tree planting programme and planted trees in honour of National Youth Month and National Environment Month.
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World Environmental Day - Climate Change Workshop and Tree Planting

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To commemorate World Environment Day, held on 5 June each year, we visited Tembisa where we planted trees and learned about climate change with the Italtile Group and the Africa Climate Reality Programme (ACRP).
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Every Day is World Environment Day with Konica Minolta South Africa

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5,100 trees have been bedded down nationally since July 2017, through the commitment of Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA), a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, to environmental sustainability. For KMSA, every day is indeed World Environment Day. 

These 5,100 trees will offset a whopping 1,881 tonnes of CO2 in their lifetime whilst contributing to an improved environment – providing all the benefits that trees provide. Ritchi Smith of Konica Minolta South Africa comments, “We should be concerned with our environmental impact every day, and that’s what KMSA is committed to do.”
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The market gardens supported by Shoprite South Africa were recently featured on CGTN Africa's Global Business Show. Watch the video to learn more about the impact we have been working so hard to achieve. 

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Volunteer Day with Cummins South Africa

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On the 9th of May 2018 a Volunteer Day was held at Minerva High School located in Alexandra, Gauteng with Cummins South Africa. Upon arrival Cummins received warm welcome from the pupils and staff at Minerva High School. Cummins has been supporting Minerva High School for over 2 years ago and still continue to support them through FTFA.
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Long Term Food Gardens with Tiger Brands

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10 short-term food garden projects supported by Tiger Brands and Food and Trees for Africa have come to an end. We are happy with their progress, which will see their gardens go through the winter. We have encouraged the gardeners to apply for further further support.

On the other hand, the 7 long-term projects are still continuing and are seeing infrastructure improvements.
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Harvesting with Oricol

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It was a bountiful harvest on the 18th of May when staff from Oricol Environmental Services visited Emmangweni Primary School in Tembisa for a volunteer day. Oricol staff volunteered to work in the garden together with the Emmangweni learners and staff on the day.
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550 Trees for East London Schools

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On the 8th of May schools in Needscamp, Potsdam and Mdantsane (near East London) excitedly received deliveries of fruit and indigenous shade trees for planting on their properties. The following day, 9th May, staff from the East London Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA), a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, visited the area to assist in planting the trees.
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KMSA and FTFA, Greening Rustenburg with 1,072 Trees

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Rustenburg – May 2018 – The 2nd of May was an exciting day for the 1,349 students of Kloofview Primary School, Rustenburg. The learners gathered for a special tree planting assembly - about trees and how to plant them. Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA), a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, donated 40 trees to the school. Staff volunteers from the KMSA Rustenburg branch joined the school to assist with the tree planting on the day. Sipho Mathe from Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) led the tree planting demonstration where learners were taught how to plant a tree the ‘FTFA’ way. The learners, teachers and KMSA staff busily planted as many of the trees as possible – a total of 28 were planted on the day.
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Gardens for Homes with Tiger Brands

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In April 2018 Food & Trees for Africa launched our first gardens for Homes project with Tiger Brands in Mohlakeng. We have partnered with Tiger Brands to work at the St John the Divine Orphanage in the area over the last 10 months. The initial work done has focused on scaling up the centre's existing food garden to ensure they can begin to supplement the feeding scheme. In addition, 2000 trees have been distributed to local community members to improve environmental conditions, provide fruit, and generate buy-in on the community level for the work St John the Divine does. 
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