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Cultivating African fruit trees for health and environmental benefits

The importance of indigenous fruits in the diets of people in Africa and their untapped potential for cultivation is the subject of an article in Environmental Health Perspectives. Deforestation associated with an increasing population, the cutting of trees...

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...

Mars and ICRAF: Illuminating the ‘dark box’ of agroforestry

David and Molly Achiando stand among a panoply of trees on their farm. “When it is dry, I have shade,” says Molly, listing the services and products that the trees provide. “I can now give fruit to the...

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...

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Leading scientist warns of impacts of climate change in Asia

Natural ecosystems are set to change dramatically in Asia and humans will not escape the consequences, warns Rodel D. Lasco of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change   ‘Practically every spot on the Earth has warmed,’ said Dr...

A national agroforestry policy is an imperative for Viet Nam

Despite clear evidence of agroforestry’s potential to address environmental degradation, food insecurity and poverty, there is no national agroforestry policy in Viet Nam. One is sorely needed, say researchers   Numerous agroforestry systems have been tested in Viet...

Avoiding hunger gaps with fruit tree portfolios in Kenya

Growing just six fruit tree species on farms in Machakos, Kenya could supply vitamin-rich fruits to farming families for the whole year. Many farming households in Eastern Kenya suffer from ‘hunger periods’, when food is very scarce, and...