Category: Fertilizer

Sander Van de Moortel

Sander Van de Moortel

After obtaining his master's degree in linguistics and, later, journalism, Sander Van de Moortel chose to  leave his native Belgium for more adventurous lands. After a stint as a product manager for a German IT firm, he landed in China in 2011 after taking a wrong turn on a bike trip through Viet Nam. Comfortably trapped in Yunnan by his linguistic ambitions and his somewhat complicated relationship with China, Van de Moortel has been responsible for communications at the World Agroforestry Centre's East and Central Asia office, and is now assisting the communications unit in the Southeast Asia office. His research is almost exclusively focussed on exploring Southeast Asia's colourful patchwork by bicycle.

Oil-palm fruit ready for transport to a processor. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Biodiesel from palm oil: finding the sweet spot between ecology and economy

Scientists at ICRAF The World Agroforestry Centre have struck the golden mean between intensification and environmental health for oil-palm plantations. Their analysis shows that sustainable systems can significantly boost production but not as high as some analysts believed....

Malawi farmer in his maize field intercropped with fertilizer trees. Photo: Mark Ndipita/ICRAF

Smallholder farmers in Malawi are growing fertilizer trees on their farms to improve food production

The adoption of fertilizer trees on farms is a simple and effective way to improve soil fertility, food productivity and therefore contribute to food security. Yet, there is still little empirical research that documents the impact of fertilizer...

Faidherbia parkland, Karonga District, Malawi. Photo by Tracy Beedy/ICRAF

While raising crop yields, African thorn tree Faidherbia albida captures large amounts of carbon

A large, old Faidherbia albida tree with a metre-plus diameter stored the equivalent of the CO2 emitted by 8 cars over one year. These useful trees play an important role in carbon sequestration, a critical part of the...

Mr. Duong Van Tham (rightmost participant) and women interested in earthworms. Even the women and elderly could tend to the worms, making it an inclusive practice. Photo: ICRAF/Le Van Hai

Farming worms for climate-smart agriculture in Vietnam

Twenty-three farmers from My Loi village in Viet Nam were recently trained in vermiculture—raising worms on farms to produce fertilizer and improve soil. Vermicomposting will help the farmers improve one of their priority ‘climate-smart agriculture’ interventions—home gardens. Inspired...

Nipa palms Philippines Amy C Cruz

The potential of trees for energy

Further exploration of sustainable tree-based bioenergy could help improve the lives and livelihoods of communities around the world.   Most of the energy used in the world comes from fossil fuels, which are not sustainable as sources will...