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Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program's regional communications specialist. As well as writing stories for the Centre's website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization.

Farmers, coffee, Kertamandala, Indonesia

Not everyone benefits from community forest management

On the slopes of Mt Sawal in the district of Ciamis, Indonesia, farmers have small plots of land that don’t produce enough to meet their needs. A community-based forest management scheme was supposed to solve that problem but...

Native trees in African drylands serve as water harvesters

Native trees that dot African dryland areas bring a welcome respite from the tropical sun. In addition, and contrary to old assumptions, they “… may function as water harvesters, contributing to deeper drainage and recharge.” They might thereby...

Can one GAP reconcile two other gaps?

Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), which is enforceable in world trade to control hidden subsidies, could help make food systems globally efficient and locally sustainable by closing two other important gaps   By Meine van Noordwijk and Lijbert Brussaard...

Sustainable land management depends heavily on a farmer's overall income

Faced with the unreliable weather patterns in a changing climate, high population, and shrinking farm sizes, subsistence farmers in Africa are turning to various coping mechanisms in order to ensure a crop and some income. A survey in...

Sustainable land management depends heavily on a farmer’s overall income

Faced with the unreliable weather patterns in a changing climate, high population, and shrinking farm sizes, subsistence farmers in Africa are turning to various coping mechanisms in order to ensure a crop and some income. A survey in...

soil, peanut plant

Soil is more than dirt

A gathering of experts organized by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment: Rapid Assessment argues that the management and amount of carbon in soils is critical to our wellbeing Carbon stored in soil in the form...

Smallholders’ trees grow green markets

Smallholders’ agroforests can supply products for ‘green’ markets and help improve poor farmers’ livelihoods, say Roger Leakey and Patrick van Damme     By Robert Finlayson   Across the planet, particularly in developed countries, there is an increasing...

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