Author: Rob Finlayson

Rob Finlayson

Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program's regional communications specialist and currently interim head of communications global. In his role as regional communications specialist, as well as writing stories for the Centre's website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the four countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization. As interim head of communications, Rob manages communications staff in Latin America, Africa and Asia and is overseeing implementation of ICRAF's Global Communications Group restructure.

Agroforestry is bringing smiles to farmers' faces throughout Asia, as can be seen here, in Son La Province in Northwest Viet Nam. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Growing an agroforested future at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week

Agroforestry is of increasing importance within forestry realms. Trees on farms enhance forest functions, provide local livelihoods and support ecosystem services. The World Agroforestry Centre will be explaining more at the Week.   The Food and Agriculture Organization...

Stand of nypa palm. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Making the most of mangroves

The overlooked potential of a mangrove palm, Nypa fruticans, is beginning to get the attention researchers think it deserves. It was recently showcased at the Bali Clean Energy Forum.   ‘Nypa is very productive as ethanol feedstock’, said...

Nypa is a promising bioenergy plant that deserves further research. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Bioenergy can bring clean power to remote areas of Indonesia

Areas of the archipelagic nation are under-serviced by public energy suppliers. Tree-based bioenergy offers the chance to not only provide power but also a source of livelihoods to these remote communities that is also environmentally friendly.   The...

The Government of Indonesia has ambitious plans to expand production of bioenergy crops. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Indonesia set to expand use of bioenergy

The need for clearer policies, more trees and other plants for biomass and fuel, and use of organic waste from agriculture were some of the topics discussed at an international clean-energy forum for Indonesia that quickened the agenda...

Rocky and sparsely treed eastern Sumba presents huge challenges for farmers and researchers. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Success in thirsty Sumba a challenge for researchers

Dryland tropical agroforestry is a little-researched area that is likely to be increasingly in demand as climate patterns change. Researchers on the island of Sumba in Indonesia are working hard and fast to meet the challenges.   Sumba’s...