Category: Agropastoral Systems

Joan Baxter

Joan Baxter is a communications specialist, journalist and award-winning author, with many years of experience in development and environmental research and writing in Africa and elsewhere.

Farmer Athanus Makokha (centre) explains uses of various trees on her farm to lead author of the study, ICRAF’s John Nyaga (right) and field assistant Robert Situma (left) in Trans Nzoia County, Kenya. The indigenous tree Croton macrostachyus grows on the crop field to the left, while other C. macrostachyus trees as well as Grevillea robusta, Cupressus lusitanica and Eucalyptus spp grow around the homestead area in the background. Credit: J. Nyaga

For every tree a reason — research “in” rather than “for” agroforestry development

In their ground-breaking article about the importance of inserting research into agroforestry development, Ric Coe, Fergus Sinclair and Edmund Barrios of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) emphasize how important this small but extremely significant change in wording —...

Interviewing farmers in the commune office on sources of household income. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Rachmat Mulia

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...

Livestock grazing in a restored Ngitili system in Tanzania. Photo by Lalisa A. Duguma/ICRAF

Livestock: A true friend of land regeneration

Livestock keeping—in particular of cattle and goats—has often been painted as the enemy of sustainable land management in Africa. But a closer look shows that when well managed, livestock can be one of the most powerful agents of...