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Marya Espaldon

Marya Laya Espaldon is an environmental science researcher for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Over the past five-years she has conducted socioeconomic research particularly involving smallholder farmer's perceptions on adaptation strategies to climate change and sustainable landscapes. Laya has a Masters Degree in Environmental Science from the University of the Philippines Los Banos, with an undergraduate background in Agricultural Economics. She joined ICRAF under the Forest, Trees and Agroforestry programme (CRP6.4) in 2012.

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...

Will recognising links between biodiversity and human health lead to greater focus on the benefits of trees?

Wild indigenous fruit trees could lead to better health and nutrition across the globe, but their potential remains largely untapped as little attention has been given to their nutritional or economic value. For the first time, the World...

Dr James M. Roshetko, AIDF Food Security Summit Asia 2014

How to make sure we have enough to eat

The world is increasingly concerned with providing enough food for its growing population in the face of a changing climate. Agroforestry can be the key to meeting the challenge   By Enggar Paramita   Ensuring national food security...

Mrs Pongnapha Srina

Thai farmers are wealthier and healthier thanks to their agroforests

Farmers in Thailand are adopting agroforestry for environmental and human health, diversified and increased incomes and to mitigate global warming     ‘The advantages of agroforestry? How can I answer this? There are so many’, said Mr Naris...

Breathing life into degraded landscapes with trees: Restoration in Korea, South Africa and Ethiopia

  South Korea, South Africa and Ethiopia are among the many countries around the world that have successfully used or are now applying the power of trees to restore degraded landscapes and bring back life-giving ecosystem services and...

Ryan Tulusan, Bantuanon, Lantapan, Philippines, shows flood extent in the rainy season

Seeing and hearing farmers through photos and videos

Using photos in focus groups and a video baseline survey puts faces to the once-anonymous ‘stakeholders’ of a project. They give a more personal dimension to all the figures and statistics and help show what farmers really need...

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