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Rob Finlayson

Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program's regional communications specialist. As well as writing stories for the Centre's website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization.

‘Livelihoods insetting’ attracts oil-palm players

The idea of creating multiple agricultural alternatives for farmers within oil-palm landscapes has attracted interest from large industry players at a conference in Malaysia, the world’s second-biggest producing nation.   Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) is one of the...

The green alliance that is restoring a national park

In Sukabumi in Indonesia an environmental organization has partnered with a private company, communities and a national park to restore the park’s barren areas.   By Enggar Paramita   When the Indonesian state forestry enterprise Perum Perhutani delineated...

Why are Vietnamese farmers not planting trees amid annual crops?

Size of landholding, flooding, and a shortage of knowledge, seedlings and markets are holding back farmers in Viet Nam from planting trees amongst their other crops. Researchers have found ways of overcoming these obstacles.   By Rachmat Mulia...

Forest fashion, food and music wows Congress delegates: a photostory

Demonstrating that forests are more than then the sum of their trees, indigenous forest-dwellers showcased high-end fashion, food and orchestral prowess to the delight and edification of World Forestry Congress delegates. A story told in pictures…    ...

Can trees help Vietnamese farmers escape poverty?

Tree products can provide significant income for many households when annual crops or livestock aren’t profitable, according to research in Bac Kan Province in Northeastern Viet Nam.   By Rachmat Mulia and Hoan Trong Do   Compared to...

Son tra, the H’mong Apple

By Lua Hoang Thi and Ake E Mamo   Son tra, aka the H’mong apple, taorung, maccam, or macsamcha depending on whether you are in Vietnam, India, Myanmar, or some southern provinces of China, is an indigenous fruit...

Olof Skoog, Wambena, Yepase, Papua, Indonesia

A message from Wambena and Yepase to the world

In their greeting to the European Union ambassador, the villagers of Wambena and Yepase in Jayapura District, Papua Province, sent a message with Ambassador Olof Skoog to be passed to the rest of the world: that the water,...

researchers, systematic review of long-fallow swidden systems in Southeast Asia, SEARCA, seminar

‘Is it good or bad?’ Challenging views about swidden agriculture

Swidden agriculture is often viewed as a highly destructive practice. However, researchers have found that swidden may offer benefits to both resource-poor farmers and the global community.     Part 3 of the changing story of swidden. Read...

farmer's nursery, AFLI, Northwest Viet Nam

Participatory, on-farm research in Viet Nam is a challenge!

Participatory, on-farm research has long been acknowledged as an approach with great potential for increasing the adoption of research results for development purposes. However, sometimes there can be unexpected obstacles, including the farmers themselves.   In participatory, on-farm...

Dr Rob Cramb, SEARCA, Agriculture and Development Seminar

The past, present and future of swidden agriculture

Swidden practices have often been viewed as highly destructive and only used by poor, upland farmers. However, that perception is changing as the practice itself changes.   Part 2 of the changing story of swidden agriculture. Read parts...

agroforestry trial, Northwest Viet Nam

Agroforests set to replace monocrops in Northwest Viet Nam

Land degradation owing to monocropping is the main reason for reduced agricultural productivity in Northwest Viet Nam. But after four years of agroforestry research, results show positive signs for farmers.   Monocropping of annuals—such as maize, rice and...

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...