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A pick and a spade may triple farmers’ yields in the Kenyan drylands

A simple farming technique is proving effective in staving off food shortages in Kenya The female farmers of Makueni County in southeastern Kenya rarely expect to triumph over their parched, unpropitious soils. A pick, a spade and a...

Trees for food security in Eastern Africa

The potential of the right trees as eco-efficient options for farmers is demonstrated through the work of projects such as the ICRAF led multi-partner effort known as the Trees for Food Security Project (T4FS). T4FS targeted two key agro-ecologies: highland humid and lowland semiarid areas in Ethiopia and Rwanda, eventually scaling out lessons learned to similar agro-ecologies in Burundi and Uganda. The aim was to demonstrate evidence and select the most appropriate options for thirty thousand farmers across representative contexts in the rural regions where an estimated 10 million people are facing acute food insecurity.

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...

Beyond eucalyptus woodlots: what’s on the agroforestry menu for communities around Virunga?

The technical guide is an essential tool for extension efforts promoting rural development and the protection of the environment or land, who are interested in promoting agroforestry in North Kivu province. The technical manual (in French the Guide technique d’agroforesterie pour la selection et la gestion des arbres au Nord-Kivu) helps people to select and manage trees in the area around the Park.

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...

Son tra, the H’mong Apple

By Lua Hoang Thi and Ake E Mamo   Son tra, aka the H’mong apple, taorung, maccam, or macsamcha depending on whether you are in Vietnam, India, Myanmar, or some southern provinces of China, is an indigenous fruit...

How many trees for a chocolate fix?

By Ake Mamo and Philippe Vaast   ‘Chocolate has begun a journey from being very loved and very common, like beer, to being very loved and a good deal less common, like Bordeaux.”  said Mark Shatzker of Bloomberg,...

Jeldu Landscape, Ethiopia

One small change of words – a giant leap in effectiveness!

One small change of words is a giant leap in the effectiveness of agricultural research and development. The race is on to find sustainable ways of producing enough food to feed the world over the next three to...