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Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

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17 October 2014

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Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is an epidemic, spread in parts of West Africa. This Ebola outbreak is the largest in the history, affecting many thousands of people. The first reported case of the Ebola Virus dates back to December 2013, near Guinea. Travellers took it across the borders and by March Liberia had reported eight and Sierra Leone six suspected cases. Since then the numbers of Ebola cases are not only increasing but also accelerating. As of October 8th, 8399 cases and 4033 deaths had been reported worldwide, majority in the above mentioned countries. Many suspect these estimates are badly underestimated.

There are no licensed treatments or vaccines against Ebola, although scientists are working all out to rectify that. The inadequacies of the health-care systems in the three most affected countries, explains how the outbreak got this far. The health-care workers in the affected countries are particularly vulnerable to the virus. As of 5th October there were 390 cases among medical staff and 277 deaths. Source:Economist.com

Outbreak of Ebola is not just a medical emergency but an economic emergency as well. Affected people cannot go to work: and fear of getting affected is keeping the healthy ones at home. It has disrupted the transport, travel and the daily routine of life for people living in the affected countries which will further lead to increase in poverty, food insecurity and hunger.

Natural Habitat group has production units and an office in Sierra Leone, one of the worst affected countries with the epidemic of Ebola. We are fully committed to our social and moral responsibility towards our stakeholders in Sierra Leone and are doing our best to help them fight this deadly Ebola disease. If you want to follow in pictures our efforts to fight Ebola in the field check our Facebook page Natural Habitats Group .

 

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Palm Oil Is Everywhere

Palm oil (Elaeis guineensis) originates from West Africa. Once planted, after 3-4 years’ palm oil trees start to producing its first fruits and will continue all year-round for up to 30 years. Oil Palm is high yielding; it produces more oil per hectare than any other major oil seed crop.

Did you know that half of your items in your house contain palm oil?
Palm oil is also the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet

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Why Farm Organically?

With a growing population, nearly 10 billion people by 2050, and an increasing demand for food, agriculture is placed under extreme pressure. We heavily rely on services that the industry provides to us, such as food, clothes, wood, and many others. Unfortunately, with biodiversity losses and deforestation practices that accompany modern agriculture, these services are currently at risk. Therefore, we must take actions to sustain biodiversity, soils and forests for the generations to come

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An Important Role of Intercropping in Modern Agriculture

Population of our planet is constantly growing. The threat of insufficient food supply in the near future encourages intensification of the search for more productive agricultural technics. At Natural Habitats, we believe that well-planned intercropping is one of the most effective and sustainable ways to increase agricultural productivity.

Intercropping, as well as other forms of multiple cropping, is an ancient method of intensive agriculture that involves cultivation of two or more crops simultaneously on the same field

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Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

Deforestation caused by many palm-oil producers, harming wildlife habitats, has been a widespread concern around the world. However, more and more palm oil is now being sourced sustainably with a help of the certification initiative promoted by a non-profit association Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) that aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. Natural Habitats as 100% organic and sustainable producer was certified with RSPO standard in 2013.

In May 2013, Natural Habitats in Ecuador (Exportsustent) together with Solidaridad and National Association of Oil Palm Growers (ANCUPA) developed a pioneering project Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

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An Ongoing Education of Farmers

Natural Habitats believes in doing business in harmony with the environment. This is the reason for us to continuously encourage smallholder farmers in Ecuador and Sierra Leone into getting involved in organic and sustainable production of palm oil.

On a regular basis, we educate and train our smallholder farmers in nature preservation and organic farming practices for not only their own good but for the betterment of the society

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Fair Trade Explained

Today, we are surrounded by numerous certifications on the products we buy at supermarkets. It is getting more and more confusing to figure out what exactly most of them stand for. Some labels are self-explanatory and some are not. Fair for Life Social and FairTrade certification belongs to the second category. Therefore, most of the consumers do not even realize that while they purchase Fair for Life or FairTrade certified products they contribute to the empowerment of poor around the world

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Why Healthy Palm Oil is not an Oxymoron

When people hear about palm oil the first thing that usually comes to their mind is heart disease. The logic is pretty simple: fifty per cent of the oil consists of saturated fat that supposed to be bad for the heart, therefore, palm oil causes heart disease. However, numerous studies continue to confirm that palm oil does not promote heart problems and, if anything, it protects against them

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Sustaining Food Security

Pressure on the world’s food supply is constantly increasing due to population growth, changing diets and government policies promoting biofuels. Current estimates suggest that by 2050 the food demand will be twice what it was in 2005. Biotech companies have strongly promoted the idea that genetically engineered (GE) crops are the key to “feeding the world”. According to Environmental Working Group , recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat

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