Category: CRP2-Policies, Institutions, and Markets to Strengthen Food Security and Incomes for the Rural Poor

Vegetable seller at local market in Abuja. ©IFPRI/Milo Mitchell, Flickr

Value chain development: improved support for smallholders and SMEs

The recently released double edition of Enterprise Development & Microfinance (EDM) explores how VCD initiatives involving smallholders and small and medium enterprises are designed, implemented and assessed. Since the early 2000’s, practitioners and researchers have been working on ways...

How does resource competition with trees affect growth of the Ethiopian signature grain tef? A probabilistic approach can aid in modelling complex agroforestry systems. Photo by Eike Luedeling/ICRAF

An agroforestry view on crop modelling

Global food and development policies are increasingly being supported by crop models, but current modelling approaches are unfit for this purpose. The models in use, many of which were developed in the 1970s and 1980s for high-input monoculture...

Moringa-based agroforestry in Konso, southern Ethiopia is a traditional soil conservation and tree planting practice that can be drawn on for landscape restoration. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/A Gebrekirstos

Reaching the ‘how’ of landscape restoration: experts from ICRAF, IUCN discuss in Paris

As climate negotiators wrangled in Paris towards the historic agreement this December, scientists and policy makers elsewhere in the city were equally fixated on landscapes and how to restore them. Landscape restoration locks up carbon in the soil...

Part of ICRAF's tree domestication and experimentation nursery in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Photo by Daisy Ouya/ICRAF

With trees on farms, climate-change mitigation is a co-benefit of broader socioeconomic gains

In a ‘Letter to the Editor’ published in the Guardian Development Blog, Professor Roger Leakey urges a closer look at agroforestry’s potential as a pathway for both mitigating climate change and fighting hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Leakey, who...

Food Waste. Photo courtesy of FAO/John Isaac

Why food waste is a concern for tropical forest conservation

Does wasting food lead to the loss of tropical forests? Though not obvious at first glance, researchers say clear links exist between food loss and wastage, and deforestation. This is because clearing intact forests to produce both commodity...

oil palm, seedlings, Sulawesi, Photo Nichola Mitakda

Indonesian agriculture isn’t as ‘green’ as planned

Indonesia’s agricultural policies aim to reduce the environmental footprint but actions are incomplete, creating a gap between aspirations and reality   Indonesia has embraced sustainable agriculture through a variety of national strategies, such as National Agenda 21, national...