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Smallholders’ trees grow green markets

Smallholders’ agroforests can supply products for ‘green’ markets and help improve poor farmers’ livelihoods, say Roger Leakey and Patrick van Damme     By Robert Finlayson   Across the planet, particularly in developed countries, there is an increasing demand for ‘green’ products, such as pesticide-free, low-carbon footprint, organic and fair trade agricultural produce. This represents […]

Complimentary feeding begins at 6 months. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Tanawit Wongsur

Complementary feeding as part of better nutrition for upland communities

Feeding infants complementary food after a period of exclusive breast milk is critical for healthy development, say World Agroforestry Researchers in northern Thailand   By Surachet Jinakaew, Posri Leelapat and Anna Roesler   In 2013, a high percentage of wasting and stunting among children under five was found in Mae Chaem, Chiang Mai province, Thailand, […]

Swedish 'red' cow on birch pasture with juniper, wild raspberries. 
On the plains in the background: modern ley that used to be oats, potato, rye. 
Spruce forest in the far back. In front of them another wet pasture. Scientifically speaking, this is a segregated agroforestry farm. Photo: Elisabeth Simelton

The hunt for traditional Swedish agroforestry

Agroforestry has been practised for thousands of years by farmers throughout the world, including in Sweden after the last ice age   By Elisabeth Simelton   ‘Agroforestry: that’s just something they invented for developing countries. There is no agroforestry in developed countries.’ We were in northern Viet Nam to discuss potential project sites and I […]

Dobera glabra. Photo: Aster Gebrekirstos

Wild fruit tree shows promise for reclaiming drought and salt affected environments and improving food security

Cultivation of the wild indigenous fruit tree, Dobera glabra, could help to achieve greater food security in dry regions of Ethiopia. Dobera glabra has great potential as an agroforestry species in dry areas due to its ability to adapt to drought and naturally saline soils, and provide a food source during ‘hungry’ times, concludes a […]

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A tale of two villages: Video

Though just 100 km apart, Abreha Atsbeha and Adi Gudom, villages within Ethiopia’s Tigray region, are worlds apart in terms of agricultural productivity and people’s livelihoods. In Abreha Atsbeha the community has over the past decade used agroforestry to implement soil and water management practices to rehabilitate severely degraded land. These include planting the right […]

Demonstrating tapping jelutong latex. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Hesti L. Tata

Farmers trained in jelutong agroforestry for peatland

Tropical peatlands are one of the world’s great carbon stores but are under threat from conversion for economic purposes. One native species in Indonesia is making a comeback thanks to its role in maintaining peat ecosystems while improving farmers’ livelihoods     By Hesti L. Tata and Ratna Akiefnawati   Peatland plays an important role […]

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Let us prevent work, encroachment, use, occupation, logging, burning and hunting without a license in this area. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre

Rapid Land Tenure Assessment adopted by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry

With conflict over land rights in around 18,000 villages in Indonesia, tenure is a major barrier to social, environmental and economic welfare. The Ministry of Forestry has taken a major step towards reducing conflict by adopting Rapid Land Tenure Assessment in their curriculum, say Ujjwal Pradhan, Martua Sirait and Emila Widawati     The Forestry […]

The effect of scale on hot spots of carbon emissions in Tanjung Jabung Barat, Jambi, Indonesia, between 2000 and 2009. Pixel resolution of 100 m equals pixel area of 1 ha and pixel resolution of 1000 m equals pixel area of 1 km2. Source: World Agroforestry Centre

Uncertainties of scale affect REDD+ schemes

Maps used to determine tree cover as part of schemes to reduce deforestation have errors owing to scale and pixels. These can be corrected, say Betha Lusiana and colleagues   By Robert Finlayson   The ability of a REDD+ scheme to meet its national target for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation plus conservation requires […]

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Understand first; implement second

Taking the time to understand how farmers’ perceive ecosystem functions and their importance may pay off in the long term for payment for ecosystem services (PES) schemes, according to a new study by scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre. Published in the scientific journal, Ecosystem Services, the study found that farmers in northeast Viet Nam […]

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Celebrating conservation agriculture with trees

The 20th anniversary of the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management program in the Philippines was celebrated with a workshop and farmers’ field day hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre at joint field sites in Claveria, Misamis Oriental   By Craig Jamieson   Since 1994, the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (SANREM) Philippines research […]

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