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‘De-risk’ the wood energy sector to unleash green growth

With population growth and urbanization, the demand for energy from trees is growing rapidly around the world. This demand presents a golden opportunity for wood energy be a force for energy security, sustainable development and greener economies. But...

More than just cooking: linking energy and food security

There is no doubt that energy is embedded in food production, food distribution and food preparation. Yet practitioners in the two sectors tend to work separately without taking into consideration the interdependences of the two development challenges. What...

Brushing up charcoal’s image

You cannot handle charcoal without getting your hands dirty. Similarly, the charcoal value chain in sub-Saharan Africa, a multi-million dollar enterprise, has all the makings of a dirty business. In many countries, powerful cartels control the trade in...

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...

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...

Fertilizer tree options for farmers

It has been proven that certain trees on farm can boost crop productivity when grown in combination with annual crops. These trees improve the soil’s condition, can offer food (fruit, nuts, vegetables), fodder for animals, and  fuel wood....

The twin promise of food and bioenergy security in Africa

People everywhere have needs that exceed the basics of food and shelter. They seek fulfillment and happiness and a better future for their children. Farmers seek better yields for less labour, and better nutrition for less cash. All...

Beating Famine conference tackles food insecurity in Southern Africa

Large tracts of Southern Africa are in the grips of a land degradation crisis that has shaken the foundations of food security in the region. The situation is precarious, but not insurmountable. By widely adopting low-cost and sustainable...

Evergreen, Nipa and ‘push-pull’ presented at global innovations forum 2015

Agriculture as practiced in most parts of the world today will simply not feed a human population of 9 billion by 2050. Innovation in food production is needed, and it needs to be adopted on a wide scale....

Jayawijaya Low-Emissions Development Working Group public consultation Wamena

Papuan local wisdom works with scientific knowledge to reduce greenhouse gases

Jayawijaya regency in central Papua province, Indonesia, is combing local ecological wisdom with scientific technical support to devise low-emission development through land-use plans   The Baliem Valley in central Papua has no road access and was only ‘discovered’...

agroforestry, My Loi, Viet Nam

Catch the climate-change moment

 A spontaneous answer to a farmer’s question has led to farmer-managed revegetation of a denuded hill and more opportunities for diversifying against climate shocks. It was all about seizing the moment   In the autumn of 2012, a...

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...