Category: Agriculture/Agroforestry

Tony Simons

Tony Simons

Tony Simons is the Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). He has worked 27 years on issues at the tropical agriculture/forestry interface, within the private sector (Shell Forestry); academia (University of Oxford); official development assistance (ODA/DFID); and research (CGIAR). He holds degrees from Massey University and Cambridge University, and an Honorary Professorship in Tropical Forestry at the University of Copenhagen, and has published over 100 research papers. Tony is passionate about the transformative change that the private sector can bring to development.

Working-group members in action. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Sacha Amaruzaman

Stronger collaboration for co-investment in ecosystem services

Management of watersheds needs coordinated efforts by local government, farmers and businesses. In Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, a working group has been established to ensure that ecosystem services are maintained for all.   Watershed management is a complex process...

Example of the diagram above in practice at a research site in Huong Son, Ha Tinh Province, with cassava (familiar crop, originally grown as a monoculture) intercropped (familiar technology for other land uses) to provide shade and wind protection for  lemongrass and marjoram (familiar crops from home garden now moved to upland fields). Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Elisabeth Simelton

Farms with trees and crops recover quicker from natural disasters

New evidence shows that having trees on farms helps farmers be more resilient to most types of natural disasters. But to support farmers making the gradual change to more trees, land-use planners themselves need support.   Although tree-based...

Nursery-Fruit Tree Potfolio Establishment at Satellite Nursery-Machakos

First ‘fruit tree portfolios’ established in Kenya, in a novel approach to improved year-round nutrition

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) researchers have launched a novel approach to tackle the problem of micronutrient deficiencies, also known as ‘hidden hunger.’ The fruit tree portfolio approach involves cultivating a set of fruit trees on farms, which is carefully...

Mr Hoang Van Chau from Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute demonstrating the benefits of pheromone traps in an off-season vegetable trial in Mai Tien village. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/CGIAR Research Program for

The hills are coming to life

For agroforesters, there is nothing more refreshing than seeing a hill covered with trees interplanted with crops. For agroforesters concerned with livelihoods, health and nutrition, there is nothing sweeter than seeing a hill covered with fruit trees and...