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Agroforestry Concessions are a strategic mechanism for smallholders in the Amazon. How do we make it work?

Leer en español Every year, the Peruvian Amazon loses more than 100,000 hectares of forest due to expansion of the agricultural frontier over state forest land. In the last 15 years, a significant share of frontier dynamics has...

Humans not trees are the solution for the Philippines

  Without an effective government bureaucracy, the Philippines could not achieve its goals, says Marlo Mendoza, first director of the National Greening Program   While it has been recognized by the public health sector for a long time,...

Silviculture can improve farmers’ incomes

Two new studies reveal the importance of silviculture for increasing farmers’ incomes in Java and East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Planting timber in agricultural systems is a common practice in Indonesia. Farmers often cultivate timber together with other crops...

A pick and a spade may triple farmers’ yields in the Kenyan drylands

A simple farming technique is proving effective in staving off food shortages in Kenya The female farmers of Makueni County in southeastern Kenya rarely expect to triumph over their parched, unpropitious soils. A pick, a spade and a...

Synchronous influence and partnerships: keys to research on Livelihood Systems

We have three main types of partnerships in the livelihood systems flagship – those with donors, those with upstream research providers and those with the users of our research outputs – the organizations that implement development, including national...

Straight talk: Grants are needed to develop scalable community-based Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) business models to achieve AFR100

By Fraser Brown One of the hot topics at AFR100’s (as a contribution to the Bonn Challenge) inaugural event held in Addis Ababa on 11 and 12 October 2016 was, of course, finance. And with estimates that AFR100’s...

Alex Oduor and Malesu Maimbo, water engineers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), talk with Khat farmers in Embu. Khat cultivation is severely impacting water availability yet is lucrative for farmers. Photo D Odhiambo/ICRAF

Resolving the khat conundrum: when a profitable crop has downsides

With European markets closed to the khat grown in one Kenyan county, khat grown in another county is making inroads into coffee, tea and forest. Environmental damage is escalating. Fortunately, researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre have a...

More mouths to feed. Part 2: Expanding climate-smart agriculture to secure food supply

Climate-smart agriculture, including agroforestry and other diversified farming practices, is the future of farming. The world can no longer rely on monocultural, commercial practices to feed the two billion new mouths expected by 2050. While the world is...

More mouths to feed. Part 1: Harnessing climate-smart agriculture to secure food supply

Climate-smart agriculture, including agroforestry and other diversified farming practices, has huge potential to improve food security and address climate change at the same time. Researchers, policymakers and farmers discuss what should be done to expand such practices and...

Dr Happiness Osebele, geneticist and mother of five, one of 29 senior plant breeders from around Africa attending the African Plant Breeding Academy in July 2016 at ICRAF. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Catharine Watson

How Happiness is breeding plants for Africa’s future

  Plant breeders are improving food plants and building a more food-secure future for Africa. One has been working at it all her life despite early challenges.   A plant breeder called Happiness spent 17 months trying to...

Jeneponto District strategises to create sustainable livelihoods and conserve the environment

Jeneponto in the province of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, has officially begun to implement a sustainable livelihoods and conservation strategy that was facilitated by the Agroforestry and Forestry in Sulawesi project.   The launch of the strategy was marked...

Agroforestry offers sustainable alternative to worrying trend in Mekong region

A shift towards monoculture plantations and higher chemical use is of great concern to many in the Mekong region, particularly due to the impact this is having on food security and health. Farmers who have resisted monoculture cropping,...