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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...

Shining a light below the surface: digital soil maps support decision making

A healthy soil is one that can deliver the benefits, or ecosystem services, that we all depend on. Until recently, limited knowledge about soil health and degradation has been standing in the way of effective policies and interventions....

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...

Crop failure, drought, Philippines

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...

soil, peanut plant

Soil is more than dirt

A gathering of experts organized by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment: Rapid Assessment argues that the management and amount of carbon in soils is critical to our wellbeing Carbon stored in soil in the form...

New evidence proves diverse forests control erosion

Scientists in China have used a new method to tease apart the causes of erosion in a landscape. The results show that diverse forests reduce erosion dramatically   Researchers at the World Agroforestry Centre’s East and Central Asia...

Agriculture can mitigate and adapt to climate change

Separating climate-change mitigation and adaptation in agricultural landscapes is counter-productive but can be fixed, say Minh Ha Hoang, Peter Minang and an international team of researchers   Addressing climate change, food security and poverty means we have to...

ICRAF scientist joins global soil body’s advisory team

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) scientist Bertin Takoutsing has been nominated to an advisory board of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS). He will serve on the board of the union’s commission on pedometrics. Bertin, an engineering graduate...

Two easy entry points for soil fertility management in East Africa’s highlands

Distance from the homestead and soil fertility classes are clear entry points through which to target soil fertility management technologies. This is according to an article published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal by, including others,...

What do we really mean by land degradation?

What do we really mean by land degradation?

“Land has been perceived as a resource that can be freely degraded,” said Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) . “We need to move towards an understanding of land as natural...

United for soil health

Combating land degradation and building soil health needs a holistic approach that brings scientific findings together with the knowledge held by farmers. For instance, to judge soil health, scientists typically analyse it for organic matter content, levels of...

New X-ray technology to reveal the makeup of Africa soils

This work paves the way for the development of environmental quality guidelines for the continent’s soils. Scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and partners have adapted a technique commonly used in clinical, archeological, and other applications so...