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Challenging gender norms around trees and land restoration in West Africa: can research be transformative?

Trees are important sources of income for many women in the drylands of West Africa, yet women often have little say in decisions about how land and trees are managed or how household income is used. This story...

Agroforestry with refugees in Uganda: overwhelming demand and a huge desire to plant

Developing agroforestry models for refugees and host communities to meet their energy, construction and food needs. “There is space for trees in refugee settlements,” Clement Okia told officials, NGOs, donors and UN agencies on 30 June 2018, as...

Agroforestry offers sustainable alternative to worrying trend in Mekong region

A shift towards monoculture plantations and higher chemical use is of great concern to many in the Mekong region, particularly due to the impact this is having on food security and health. Farmers who have resisted monoculture cropping,...

Of Trees and Banks

by Catherine Ky-Dembele and Ake Mamo In the drylands of Mali, adoption of tree based food banks is creating big impressions in farmers’ lives. When we think of food security, it is specters of food shortage and bags...

Cultivating African fruit trees for health and environmental benefits

The importance of indigenous fruits in the diets of people in Africa and their untapped potential for cultivation is the subject of an article in Environmental Health Perspectives. Deforestation associated with an increasing population, the cutting of trees...

Overlooked no more, precious fruit tree comes into its own in West Africa’s Sahel

While certainly no stranger to smallholders and fruit lovers in many parts of Africa and Asia, this unassuming fruit tree that is so often overlooked by international research is starting to come into its own, proving itself as...

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Thai farmers are wealthier and healthier thanks to their agroforests

Farmers in Thailand are adopting agroforestry for environmental and human health, diversified and increased incomes and to mitigate global warming     ‘The advantages of agroforestry? How can I answer this? There are so many’, said Mr Naris...

Boy eating the fruit of East African doum palm tree, Hyphaene compressa, in Lodwar, Turkana, Kenya. The fruits mature during droughts. Photo by Isaiah Esipisu

Domesticating fruit trees for nutrition and livelihood

Nearly every rural homestead in western Kenya has some fruit trees. And even though they pay very little attention to these trees, the villagers here know the trees are crucial cushions against hunger. “In all the years I...