Category: Adaptation

Rob Finlayson

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.

agroforest, Indonesia

Agroforestry traditions of Indonesia can help confront food shortages

Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture predicts that climate change will shrink the area under rice, leading to a shortage of the staple. Agroforests can help fill the gap and restore a healthy environment, say scientists at the National Agroforestry...

Can organic and resource-conserving agriculture improve livelihoods?

Can organic and resource-conserving agriculture improve livelihoods?

Organic and resource-conserving agriculture (ORCA) offers farmers a way to protect the future productive capacity of their natural resource base, say Bennett and Franzel, in a study published in the International Journal of Agricultural sustainability.  The study further...

Sound farming advice for a ‘new normal’ climate

It’s natural to wonder whether our current climate—with its erratic rainfall patterns and increasingly frequent weather upheavals—will ever return to normalcy. According to a leading development expert, it won’t. “The planet’s climate has changed irreversibly; continued change is...

Boab tree, crops, Burkina Faso, conservation agriculture with trees, Africa, agroforestry

The trouble with agriculture and how to fix it

Treeless fields of wheat haven’t always been the common image of agriculture. For most of human history, agriculture took place amidst trees. It’s time to put the trees back, say Meine van Noordwijk, Dennis Garrity and Delia Catacutan...

Participatory analysis of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the Sahel

From species extinction to family planning: Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the West African Sahel

By John C. Weber and Carmen Sotelo Montes According to most climate forecasts, people in the West African Sahel— an arid to semi-arid belt stretching across northern Africa—can expect a hotter, drier and more variable climate this century....

Canarium persimmon coffee system on sloping land, agroforest, Viet Nam

Creating complex agroforestry systems in Northwest Viet Nam

Inevitably, agroforestry is complex but some agroforests can be more complex than others, say Agustin Mercado and Lua Hoang Thi   Both the landscapes and human cultures of Northwest Viet Nam are complex. The landscape is mountainous, with...