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In many parts of the Third World, forests and croplands are losing ground to the crushing demands of overpopulation, overgrazing, deforestation, and improper cropping. This compilation consists of four titles describing International Development Research Centre-funded projects that are finding solutions to these problems. Trees of Hope documents the rapid deforestation of Africa and analyzes various solutions (17 min. 40 sec.). Trees of Plenty illustrates how researchers are finding ways for foresters, agronomists and farmers to work together to save the soil from further deterioration, thereby ensuring food supplies for future generations (20 min.). Bamboo - The Miracle Grass documents projects that are investigating ways to increase the production and quality of bamboo in Asia, and to come up with even more uses for this valuable plant (21 min.). Rattan: clear-cutting of the Asian forests is preventing the natural regeneration of the rattan vine which clings to tree branches. An Asian scientist describes the research to protect this valuable resource (18 min.).

1990, 77 min

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