Author: Cathy Watson

Cathy Watson

Cathy Watson

Cathy Watson is chief of programme development at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi. Before joining ICRAF in November 2012, she founded and ran two NGOs in Uganda -- Straight Talk Foundation and Mvule Trust. She was made a senior Ashoka fellow for social entrepreneurship in 2006. She has also been a foreign correspondent, working for The Guardian and the BBC, among others. A graduate in biology and Latin American Studies from Princeton, she has almost 30 years of work experience in Africa with a focus on trees, youth, HIV, families, and communication for social change. She holds a certificate in agroforestry from the University of Missouri.

Landscape with Sri Lanka’s famous Ceylon tea. Photo by Meine van Noordwijk/ICRAF. February 2014

Land change in Sri Lanka as famous tea loses out to vegetables

In the highlands of Nuwara Eliya, tea country since 1840, swathes of the perennial crop are being uprooted. On steep slopes and tea terraces, farmers are increasingly growing potatoes, leeks, carrots and other temperate vegetables. Sri Lanka’s per...

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New agroforestry horizons in Myanmar: the challenge of slash and burn

Myanmar is opening to the world and its agricultural systems are beginning to feel the pressure. World Agroforestry Centre scientists will soon start helping farmers with agroforestry, says Cathy Watson   Helping farmers to find alternatives to shifting...