Agroforestry World Blog

forest, Kalimantan

Minister explains the new Indonesian Government’s approach to forests and the people

The Minister of Environment and Forestry explains some of what the new Government is doing to protect forests and the communities that interact with them     ‘The traditional view is that forests are unproductive and their value...

tree planting, Philippines

Reforestation is more than carbon

A team of researchers are advocating ‘climate-smart reforestation’: reforestation for climate-change mitigation and adaptation that takes into account the impacts of climate change on the reforestation itself.   Researchers from different universities and institutions discuss in a recently...

Cashew apple and nut

New report says forests and trees could be major factor in efforts to end global hunger

A billion people worldwide depend on forests and trees for balanced diets and sustainable incomes. About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger, with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. Forests and...

Desa'a, a dry Afromontane forest in northern Ethiopia. Photo Mulegeta Mokria/ICRAF

New study shows that tree dieback affects the climate change mitigation potential of a dry afromontane forest in northern Ethiopia

Tropical forests play a critical role in climate change mitigation by balancing atmospheric carbon fluxes. However, dry forests are susceptible to dieback under conditions of increased temperature and extreme climatic events such as drought, which affects their potential...

Buol, villagers, landscape

Can poor villages improve their livelihoods and protect their environment?

A new law in Indonesia gives funds for development but villages don’t have the capacity to carry it through. A workshop identified rewards-for-environmental-services’ schemes as potential capacity builders   The Government of Indonesia’s recently promulgated Law no. 6/2014...

researchers, systematic review of long-fallow swidden systems in Southeast Asia, SEARCA, seminar

‘Is it good or bad?’ Challenging views about swidden agriculture

Swidden agriculture is often viewed as a highly destructive practice. However, researchers have found that swidden may offer benefits to both resource-poor farmers and the global community.     Part 3 of the changing story of swidden. Read...