Restoring degraded tropical dryland in extreme conditions: the case of Sumba Island

Sumba in eastern Indonesia has been almost totally deforested, has only patches of thin soil on limestone savannahs and a wet season that has contracted to three months a year. Farmers have been struggling to survive yet nonetheless...

Agroforestry systems for producing nutritious food for smallholders in Odisha, India

A new project in India promises better diets for farmers The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) South Asia Regional Programme recently launched a three-year project: Enabling Smallholders in Odisha to Produce and Consume More Nutritious Food through Agroforestry Systems....

Third cohort graduates from the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy

  Plant breeders from 18 countries in Africa to contribute to delivering food security in the continent Thirty-four plant breeders graduated from the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy in May 2018. The advanced plant breeding course was...

Agroforestry Concessions are a strategic mechanism for smallholders in the Amazon. How do we make it work?

Leer en español Every year, the Peruvian Amazon loses more than 100,000 hectares of forest due to expansion of the agricultural frontier over state forest land. In the last 15 years, a significant share of frontier dynamics has...

A theory of change for better monitoring of the Philippine Enhanced National Greening Program

A theory of change is guiding the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for the second phase of one of the world’s largest reforestation programs. The Philippine Enhanced National Greening Program (eNGP), one of the world’s largest...

Breeding success: Bunmi Olasanmi and the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy

  Growing a food-secure future for Africa is the aim of the University of California at Davis African Plant Breeding Academy. Bunmi Olasanmi is the first in a series of success stories.   By Bunmi Olasanmi   I...

Sharing the knowledge from Mỹ Lợi climate-smart village in Việt Nam

  The adoption of climate-smart agriculture in Việt Nam is underway through knowledge-sharing events.   Farmers, agricultural extension officers and local leaders from Quảng Bình Province, Việt Nam came to Mỹ Lợi Village to learn about climate-smart agriculture...

Collective effort toward more sustainable forestry management in Viet Nam

Viet Nam steps up efforts to put smallholders’ forest communities at the forefront of its sustainable forest management program through UN REDD+ and partnerships with the private sector.   By Anoushka Carter and Johanna Gammelgaard In Viet Nam,...

How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions – attributed in large part to climate change.

Strategy for agroforestry development in Viet Nam

Viet Nam is preparing for a long-term strategy to speed adoption of agroforestry throughout the country By Pham Thanh Van In Viet Nam, agroforestry has been practised for a long time, however, its widespread adoption remains limited owing...

Resolution on harnessing trees on farms for a green economy in the Philippines

  Government agencies, the private sector, NGOs and universities want a new direction for increasing trees on farms to grow a green economy and strengthen the vulnerable archipelago   It will take 206 years to restore to productivity...

Humans not trees are the solution for the Philippines

  Without an effective government bureaucracy, the Philippines could not achieve its goals, says Marlo Mendoza, first director of the National Greening Program   While it has been recognized by the public health sector for a long time,...