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Using science to support the development of climate-smart agriculture in East Africa

The connection between food security and climate change cannot be understated. Governments, development organizations and scientists are teaming up to search for solutions to address this challenge. In the process, the concept of climate-smart agriculture has emerged as...

Agroforestry among Kenyan farmers’ tactics for climate change adaptation

Greenpeace Africa recently released a comprehensive report providing insights into ways in which Kenyan smallholder farmers are adapting to climate change and building climate resilience. The report presents case studies under four main themes: diversity, water, soils and...

Farms with trees and crops recover quicker from natural disasters

New evidence shows that having trees on farms helps farmers be more resilient to most types of natural disasters. But to support farmers making the gradual change to more trees, land-use planners themselves need support.   Although tree-based...

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Oil palm on mineral soil in Indonesia is not changing soil carbon

The amount of carbon stored in mineral soil doesn’t change whether the land has been formerly forested or not, say scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre Indonesia   About 15% of the oil palm grown in Indonesia is...

Agroforestry is vital to the ASEAN economic community

Facing an uncertain future, the millions of farmers who feed the 617 million people of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations need more support to secure and agroforest their landscapes in the face of climate change and rapid...

Livestock mitigation: Opportunities for farmers, climate agreements across the globe

By Julianna White and Susan Onyango   At climate change talks in Bonn, leading countries, scientists and specialists show they are ready for climate finance in the livestock sector. Global climate change agreements now support the widespread adoption...

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A tornado and heatwave welcome a new climate-smart village in Viet Nam

Assault from a tornado and the hottest weather in 40 years surrounded the inauguration of the newest climate-smart village in Viet Nam, underscoring the need to increase farmers’ resilience to climate change   During a heatwave with temperatures...

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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...

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Catch the climate-change moment

 A spontaneous answer to a farmer’s question has led to farmer-managed revegetation of a denuded hill and more opportunities for diversifying against climate shocks. It was all about seizing the moment   In the autumn of 2012, a...