Young rubber tappers trained by the ICRAF and the Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria. Photo: Cathy Watson

Rubber agroforestry in the Niger Delta – hope for youth

To fly into the Niger Delta is to marvel at seemingly endless trees. Africa’s moist equatorial forest stretches from Congo to Gabon. Much is still pristine in Nigeria, the canopy closed. However, vast swathes have been despoiled by oil seepage and flaring. Joblessness and insecurity abound. “The young boys are punching holes in the oil […]

Agroforest on peat in Tanjung Jabung Barat

Migrants, land and deforestation in Indonesia

Internal migrants in Indonesia have shifted land arrangements, resulting in both social and ecological damage: land conflicts increase along with deforestation. This complex relationship has been underplayed in the REDD debate, say Gamma Galudra, Meine van Noordwijk, Putra Agung, Suyanto and Ujjwal Pradhan   By Masayu Vinanda   Conflicting claims over land ownership have occurred […]

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Switzerland, ASEAN and social forestry: a labour of love

At a farewell event for the outgoing Swiss ambassador to ASEAN, it became clear that his involvement with social forestry was personal as well as effective   By Robert Finlayson   His Excellency Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, ambassador of Switzerland to Indonesia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, revealed at a farewell dinner held in his […]

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Low yields, high emissions and writings on walls: Time for a major shift in cocoa management in Southern Cameroon?

Steps to increase cocoa yields in Southern Cameroon have often led to the encroachment of cocoa plantations into forested areas, with the alarming risk of deforestation and increased carbon emissions. Disturbingly, studies show that such expansion does not necessarily lead to increased profitability for farmers. In a study published in Agroforestry Systems, Magne et al […]

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Peat’s lagging knowledge chain

Lack of understanding of peat is not the weakest link in the chain, say Meine van Noordwijk and colleagues   By Amy C. Cruz   The high emissions of greenhouse gases from tropical peatlands caused by changing their land use have become a problem for policymakers that they can no longer deny, as their own […]

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Is planting trees for carbon worth it?

With increasing interest in the capacity of agroforestry systems to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, farmers might look to planting trees in order to earn money from carbon credits. But would it be worth their while? “Planting trees for carbon alone really isn’t viable for smallholder farmers in developing countries, but the associated benefits […]

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Female farmers might increase greenhouse gases

Decisions by women can lead to more changes in land use because of their willingness to accept offers from outsiders. To avoid deforestation, the value of natural ecosystems needs to be instilled   By Tess Beyer   Indonesia is the world’s third largest producer of greenhouse gas, with 85% of its emissions coming from the […]

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Improving the African Yam Bean – neglected crop

Dr Daniel Adewale, 47, is the world’s African yam bean expert. As he eats his lunch at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), which is hosting the African Plant Breeding Academy, he remembers his mother. “The ones my mother cooked used to take four hours. Burning kerosene for that long is too much for a farmer.” […]

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Facing the challenges of the Greater Mekong Sub-region

With a growing population greater than the United States, the Greater Mekong Sub-Region is under enormous pressure caused by over-use of natural resources. The World Agroforestry Centre and Chiang Mai University have joined together to help find solutions   By Robert Finlayson   Around 326 million people live in what the Asian Development Bank (ADB) […]

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The almost-forgotten Philippine peatlands and their global role

Despite the recognized importance of peatlands by the global scientific community, the Philippines is still in the early stages of identifying, measuring and understanding peatlands. Dr Rodel D. Lasco of the World Agroforestry Centre and colleagues investigated their role in storing carbon   By Tess Beyer   To conserve the carbon stored in peatland ecosystems, […]



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