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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 over 30 years of work experience in Africa with a focus on trees, youth, HIV, families, and communication for social change. She holds a graduate certificate in agroforestry from the University of Missouri.

FEATURE: Can we grow our way out of the charcoal crisis?

Charcoal production in much of Africa is not only a major source of energy but also often illegal because of its apparent association with deforestation. In this first of our new series of feature articles, we go deeper into the problems and examine the solutions.

Agroforestry at 40: how tree-farm science has changed the world

“Agroforestry” – the practice of having trees as part of farms – is as old as agriculture itself. But as a field of scientific enquiry and policy making, it’s now marking its 40th birthday.

Agroforestry at 40: The institutional evolution of World Agroforestry in research, development, policy and delivery

The institutional evolution of World Agroforestry for the two thousand and tens decade is a combined outcome of sound planning and serendipity.

Looking for the right tree for the right place? Agroforestry Species Switchboard Version 2

The updated Agroforestry Species Switchboard is a ‘one-stop shop’ to retrieve data about plant species across a wide range of information sources. The Switchboard supports research into trees and for tree-based development, such as agroforestry planting and wider...

PHOTOSTORY: Agroforestry in response to key global issues

Photos from around the planet show World Agroforestry’s work with farmers on climate change, food and nutrition security, adoption of agroforestry, development of policies, and strengthening vulnerable countries and populations.   AGROFORESTRY AND CLIMATE CHANGE World Agroforestry has...

Technologies for land restoration showcased

With Africa lagging behind in efforts to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land, widespread use of innovative technologies is critical for success. Land degradation leads to declines in soil fertility and the loss of productivity and ecosystem...