livestock fodder, bedding, firewood, Nepal

Can Nepal’s food security really be improved through modelling?

Scientists have developed a computer model for Nepal that shows income from different agricultural scenarios or market policies. But modelling is still not properly recognised   By Rachmat Mulia and Betha Lusiana   In January 2015 in Kathmandu,...

Jayawijaya Low-Emissions Development Working Group public consultation Wamena

Papuan local wisdom works with scientific knowledge to reduce greenhouse gases

Jayawijaya regency in central Papua province, Indonesia, is combing local ecological wisdom with scientific technical support to devise low-emission development through land-use plans   The Baliem Valley in central Papua has no road access and was only ‘discovered’...

Ambassador Skoog (L) and Mr Levrans Yarisetow

A village in Papua sets out to save the world

A small, remote village in Papua province, Indonesia, wants to share the knowledge it has gained to help slow climate change, beginning with the ambassador of the European Union   The village of Wambena, clinging to a clifftop...

Customary leader Wambena Mr Levrans Yarisetouw

Papua is ready but the world isn’t

Home to a vast area of natural forests considered critical to slowing climate change, Papua province in Indonesia is ready to develop a ‘green economy’ but the world isn’t ready to invest   Committed to retaining 80% of...

video, interview, Buol, farmer, ICRAF

Videos and photos used as research tools in Indonesia

Farmers and village leaders have been interviewed on video and their landscapes photographed to collect baseline data for a new research project   Sixteen farmers and eight village administration representatives from Buol district, Central Sulawesi province, Indonesia, talked...

Son La, Viet Nam

Less bare land and more trees and crops in Northwest Viet Nam

Research implemented by the World Agroforestry Centre in Viet Nam as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics has found that the area under trees in three provinces in the northwest of...

Humid Tropics communications workshop, Hanoi

A scientist learns to communicate differently

Thailand program coordinator for the World Agroforestry Centre, Prasit Wangpakapattanawong, describes learning different ways to communicate at a Humidtropics workshop   The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. George Bernard Shaw...

Stronger, resilient islands in the Philippines

Small island communities are some of the most vulnerable and isolated in the world. On one, the island of Bohol in the Philippines, trees are an integral part of island life, where survival often depends on traditional agricultural...

Indonesia holds fifth national agroforestry seminar

Agroforestry is vital for improving productivity and incomes in the face of climate change, especially for steep terrain and small islands, according to researchers and farmers alike.   Indonesia’s Fifth National Seminar Agroforestry was held in Ambon, Maluku...

Rabbits and giant snails among rubber trees: Agroforestry rekindles rubber farming in Nigeria

Nigerian rubber farmers are finding that diversifying their land with food crops, food trees and ‘small livestock’ like rabbits, bees and snails makes sense on many levels. The mixed farm brings in food to eat and income long...

Characterizing baobab, the nutritious African ‘Tree of Life’

Descriptor list of Baobab will help to increase the domestication, cultivation and use of the products of the African baobab for improving nutrition and enhancing livelihoods A new publication,  ‘Descriptors for Baobab,’ opens the way for accelerated and...

Climate-smart agriculture needs knowledge, cooperation and a healthy dose of trust

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been at the forefront of climate-smart agriculture for the past decade, advocating for and supporting farmers to adopt this type of sustainable land use worldwide. This support is only set...

New book arms people with knowledge on landscapes in a changing climate

As the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) launched a new book — designed to arm people with evidence and tools for designing climate smart landscapes—its lead editor underscored the fact that we are a long way from achieving sustainable,...

Agricultural development set to benefit from a diet of CaSAVA

ICRAF’s Capacity-strengthening Approach to Vulnerability Assessment looks attractive to two projects funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development   By Kharmina Anit At the Second Quarterly Meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the...