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Do trees on agricultural landscapes buffer the impacts of climate change?

Does the presence of trees buffer annual food crops from climate variability? Are trees in agricultural landscapes a relevant part of climate change adaptation strategies? van Noordwijk et al review these hypotheses in a chapter entitled Agroforestry solutions...

World leaders take note: there is a plan to address climate change in African landscapes

With several high-level international climate meetings underway this week, it is vital to ensure that commitments translate, quickly, into actions that have both climate mitigation as well as adaptation benefits. The newly released African Landscapes Action Plan provides...

Ryan Tulusan, Bantuanon, Lantapan, Philippines, shows flood extent in the rainy season

Seeing and hearing farmers through photos and videos

Using photos in focus groups and a video baseline survey puts faces to the once-anonymous ‘stakeholders’ of a project. They give a more personal dimension to all the figures and statistics and help show what farmers really need...

Farmers designing agroforestry systems

Trees help farmers adapt to climate change

With trees, farmers have a source of food, fuel and timber for consumption or income during climate extremes   By Regine Evangelista   ‘There is nothing we can do’. With resignation and a hint of despair, this is...

Positive action on gender supports sustainable development

“Women produce up to three-quarters of the food crops grown in West and Central Africa, and their actions, for better or for worse, affect natural resources, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and ultimately shape the trajectory towards sustainable development....

The CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014 and Living Data competition

The year 2014 marks an historic opportunity to communicate the importance of research on sustainable agriculture to people involved in the policy processes on climate change and development. An online competition is intended to spark wide interest The...

Young agroforest on sloping land

Which agroforest for which farm under changing climates?

Agroforestry systems, as demonstrated in studies around the world, can help smallholders adapt to climate risks and at the same time mitigate climate change. However, to identify the best system there is a need to look closely at...

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...

Smart Tree-Invest, focus-group discussion, Philippines, inception workshop

The Philippines prepares for Smart Tree-Invest

A new project that develops co-investment schemes for environmental services has started in the Philippines   By Kharmina Anit and Joan Urquiola   Most smallholding farmers in rural areas are vulnerable to biophysical and socio-political shocks and have...

Celebrating conservation agriculture with trees

The 20th anniversary of the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management program in the Philippines was celebrated with a workshop and farmers’ field day hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre at joint field sites in Claveria, Misamis Oriental...

cocoa, agroforestry, Cameroon, extension

How to reduce, and adapt to, climate change at the same time

Researchers now understand the conditions necessary for reducing the rate of climate change and those needed to help humans and ecosystems adapt. Both can be done together, thanks to a new ‘analytical framework’   By Elizabeth Kahurani  ...