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During two centuries, the economy and society have been radically separated from natural cycles and prinples, creating heavy damages. But the transition of economy and society towards a sustainable future has already started for local communities and pioneer companies.
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The program on “management of natural resources based on indigenous peoples’ local knowledge” in West Kalimantan had multiple facets: reclaiming customary rights on land and forest, conducting activities of adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, economic empowerment through the establishment of local credit union service points, and support to food security and income generating activities. It was globally successful, but new challenges appear for the communities involved.
Against the coronavirus, can African countries promote a herbal medecine derived from traditional medicine?
Much hope has been placed on the plant of the species Artemisia annua. Is its use by African countries medicinal or political, or both?
In 2020 and 2021, Pierre Johnson coordinated a study for the development of a “sustainable cocoa and chocolate originating from French Guyana”, at the request of a corporate sponsor and the Chamber of Agriculture of French Guyana. With Cesar Paz, creator of the Norandino cooperative in Peru, we met in early 2020 all the producers and actors likely to support this development. Gathered early November in a workshop for two days, current and prospective producers and their possible support shared their experiences and together built a vision for the future of a cocoa and chocolate of excellence, made in French Guyana and therefore in France. This article is a first assessment.
A few books and many articles on fair trade, biopiracy and the Nagoya Protocol.
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