Category: Food Security

Eric Ng’ethe (Right) explains the principles of the fruit tree portfolio to farmers. Photo by Danyell Odhiambo/ICRAF

Unlocking the potential of sustainable agroforestry practices: Farmers meet ICRAF staff at agricultural fair

It’s a bright morning on Wednesday 24 June, 2015 and the four-day Agricultural Society of Kenya (A.S.K) Show in Machakos has just began. This is arguably the most popular agricultural and trade exhibition in the semi-arid region of...

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Meet the Rainwater Champions – Stories from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda

Rainwater harvesting and water buffering comes in many forms. For example, rainwater harvesting ponds catch and store rainwater; 3R techniques (Recharge, Retention and Re-use of water) increase the level of water in the soil; and sand dams retain...

Awach, near Lake Victoria, is flat and flood prone as water rushes off the hills inland, which have lost much of the vegetative covering. Photo by Danyell Odhiambo/ICRAF

Mars and ICRAF: Illuminating the ‘dark box’ of agroforestry

David and Molly Achiando stand among a panoply of trees on their farm. “When it is dry, I have shade,” says Molly, listing the services and products that the trees provide. “I can now give fruit to the...

Fertilizer trees raise and stabilize maize yields in Malawi. Photo: ICRAF

Agroforestry among ‘100 Under $100’ tools for women’s empowerment

In her new book ‘100 Under $100’, Betsy Teutsch rounds up a hundred innovative yet affordable tools and practices that can make a huge difference in the lives of poor women in low-income countries. Agroforestry is among these...

Farmers can improve productivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and attract climate finance through climate-smart livestock management. Photo: C Schubert, CCAFS

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...

Rose Koech at her farm in Kembu, Kenya. She has a mixed farm with trees, crops, fodder species and vegetables. Photo by Sherry Odeyo/ICRAF

More money and less risk for African eco-farmers

  A Greenpeace study in Malawi and Kenya has revealed that chemically-intensive farming hurts the bottom line of small-scale farmers; agroecological farming is more profitable. Agroecology refers to a suite of sustainable farming practices that use few or...