Contemplating the yield and resource-use-efficiency gaps in Dien Bien province, Viet Nam. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Can one GAP reconcile two other gaps?

Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), which is enforceable in world trade to control hidden subsidies, could help make food systems globally efficient and locally sustainable by closing two other important gaps   By Meine van Noordwijk and Lijbert Brussaard   Agriculture has a substantial spillover that affects the Earth’s ecosystems, resulting in an ‘ecological footprint’ of […]

Terracing controls soil erosion on sloping land. Photo by Daisy Ouya/ICRAF

Sustainable land management depends heavily on a farmer’s overall income

Faced with the unreliable weather patterns in a changing climate, high population, and shrinking farm sizes, subsistence farmers in Africa are turning to various coping mechanisms in order to ensure a crop and some income. A survey in Western Kenya found that sustainable land management methods, such as terracing to control soil erosion, agroforestry, and […]

Woman selling vegetables at roadside market in Ethiopia. Photo by Tumuluru Kumar/IFPRI via Flikr

Website for value chain knowledge launched

 Agricultural value chains involve millions of people as producers, small-scale traders, processors and retailers, but these actors often receive a disproportionately small share of the final price paid by consumers. Value Chains Development can ensure that small-scale farmers and producers enjoy a bigger piece of the financial pie. The aim of the Value Chains Knowledge […]

Photo: Tree Aid

Moving from food security to nutritional security

“Governments need to be held equally accountable for producing nutritious food as they are for increasing food production,” said Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IPRI). Globally, 1 in 8 people are chronically hungry, and 1 billion are undernourished; the largest proportion of which live in Africa and South Asia. […]

Ujjwal Pradhan, Sermkiat Jomjunyong

Chiang Mai University and World Agroforestry Centre increase joint activities

One of Thailand’s leading research institutions and the World Agroforestry Centre in Southeast Asia have deepened their research-for-development program with a personal visit by the vice-president of Chiang Mai University   By Robert Finlayson   The vice-president for research and academic services of Chiang Mai University, Thailand, Associate Professor Doctor Sermkiat Jomjunyong, visited the offices […]

soil, peanut plant

Soil is more than dirt

A gathering of experts organized by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment: Rapid Assessment argues that the management and amount of carbon in soils is critical to our wellbeing   By Robert Finlayson   Carbon stored in soil in the form of decayed plant and animal matter plays a key role in supporting […]

Participants concentrating intensely during the workshop. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Bonie Dewantara

Reducing emissions from Jambi province, Indonesia, through ‘nested’ plans

Governments at all levels in Indonesia have to reduce greenhouse emissions to meet national targets. Scientists are helping them integrate their plans   By Bonie Dewantara and Atiek Widayati Within the context of reducing emissions globally, Indonesia promulgated a National Action Plan for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction (RAN-GRK) through Presidential Decree No. 61/2011, which features […]

Timber collecting

Learning from and for agroforestry in the Andes

Which agroforestry systems and practices will best help smallholder farmers in the Andes adapt to a changing environment? Finding answers to this question is the task ahead of Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel, a researcher with the World Agroforestry Centre, as she lays the foundation for the Centre‘s work in the Peruvian Andes. “Until now, we’ve focused mainly […]

Drainage ditch, Sweden, agriculture

Trees in war and peace (Swedish agroforestry, part 2)

As a Scandinavian, two things people often ask me about are, first, the Vikings and, second, how come we care so much about the environment. Curiously, the two are linked, starting with the role of trees in the ravaging millennia of the Vikings   By Elisabeth Simelton Allow me first a short summary. The year […]

Smart Tree-Invest, focus-group discussion, Philippines, inception workshop

The Philippines prepares for Smart Tree-Invest

A new project that develops co-investment schemes for environmental services has started in the Philippines   By Kharmina Anit and Joan Urquiola   Most smallholding farmers in rural areas are vulnerable to biophysical and socio-political shocks and have poor access to human, social, natural, physical and financial capital. This weakens their adaptive capacity and thus […]



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