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Experts and farmers propose strategies for using agroforestry to restore degraded lands in Brazil

Agroforestry, the cultivation of trees on farmland in different combinations with crops and livestock, can play a strategic role in restoring protected areas in Brazil. This was one of the key conclusions to come out of a recent...

Smallholders discussing forest management issues in Ngare Ndare – women like this might become the future managers of Kenya’s forests but only if sufficient powers are devolved to the local level. Photo credit: Maria Amrani

She who makes the rules wins!

In a paper just out in the journal Ecology and Society, a new unified theory of empowerment reveals what is needed for local communities to become the future forest managers in Kenya. The key is to devolve the...

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Meet the Rainwater Champions – Stories from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda

Rainwater harvesting and water buffering comes in many forms. For example, rainwater harvesting ponds catch and store rainwater; 3R techniques (Recharge, Retention and Re-use of water) increase the level of water in the soil; and sand dams retain...

Western Highlands Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute, farmer, Viet Nam, avocado, shade, coffee

Building farmers’ capacity more effectively and inclusively

Building farmers’ capacity is common in the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics to support innovation and expansion. Monitoring results in the Central Mekong action area has suggested ways of increasing its effectiveness.  ...