Author: Amy Cruz

Amy Cruz

Amy Cruz

Amy Cruz is the communications officer for the World Agroforestry Centre Philippines. She is developing an integrated communications strategy for the Philippine program, scripting and editing videos and promoting projects through various media. Her other interests include social media, writing and photography. She has a Bachelor of Science in Development Communication, major in Science Communication.

Ardenio Lozano, a farmer in Lantapan, Bukidnon province of the southern Philippines, is one of the beneficiaries of an existing payments for environmental services scheme. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Amy Cruz

More mouths to feed. Part 2: Expanding climate-smart agriculture to secure food supply

Climate-smart agriculture, including agroforestry and other diversified farming practices, is the future of farming. The world can no longer rely on monocultural, commercial practices to feed the two billion new mouths expected by 2050. While the world is...

Farmers during the ADB Food Security Forum 2016. From L-R: Reynaldo San Jose from the Philippines, Aynal Haque from Bangladesh, JonJon Sarmiento from the Philippines and Bon Ian Dela Roca from the Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Amy Cruz

More mouths to feed. Part 1: Harnessing climate-smart agriculture to secure food supply

Climate-smart agriculture, including agroforestry and other diversified farming practices, has huge potential to improve food security and address climate change at the same time. Researchers, policymakers and farmers discuss what should be done to expand such practices and...

Datu Migketay of the Tala-andig. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Amy Cruz

A talk with the Tala-andig tribe: thoughts on development, deeper engagement and mutual respect

Research and development aim to benefit communities but how should researchers and indigenous people work together in projects? Here are some thoughts on development, deeper engagement and mutual respect based on discussions between the Tala-andig tribe and ICRAF researchers. It...

3D-mapping session in the training workshop. This activity helped people identify the potential ‘sellers’ for the co-investment schemes. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Kharmina Evangelista

Business-case training workshop jump-starts co-investment in Philippine watershed

Farmers and members of the Payments for Ecosystems Services Working Group of Lantapan sub-watersheds are learning how to develop business cases for co-investment in agroforestry.   Most markets in the world don’t really trade in ‘watershed protection’ and...

A farmer from Lantapan, Bukidnon, another rural community in the Philippines, examines her celery crop affected by climate change. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Edith Mayormita

Holistic adaptation needed for smallholders in the Philippines

Smallholding farmers in the Philippines notice climate change and its impacts on their farming systems, however, their adaptive capacities are not yet fully maximized. There is, thus, a need to holistically develop their capacities.   Researchers have found...

A capacity-building workshop for the smallholding farmers in the southern Philippines as part of a 'ridge to reef' project led by ICRAF Philippines. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre

From knowing to reaping benefits from trees in the Philippines

Capacity-building programs are recommended for enhancing farmers’ awareness of the ecosystem services trees provide in the Molawin-Dampalit Watershed, Philippines. A heightened awareness would then influence the farmers to integrate trees in their farms.   A team of researchers...