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Rainfall: a new way to look at trees for climate mitigation

A side event at the UN climate change conference now underway in Paris (COP21) urged a new, easier-to-understand way to discuss trees and climate change mitigation: Rainfall. Rainfall made through evapotranspiration from plant matter cools the air around,...

“It’s time to stop talking and start acting” : Agroecological farming for people and the planet

Back in 2009, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) issued a clarion call for a deep reform of agriculture globally. “Business as usual is not an option,” the comprehensive, evidence-based global series...

Maize farmers convert to agroforestry

Farmers in Gorontalo, Indonesia are turning to agroforestry as a solution to the increasingly long dry seasons that have devastated their maize crops. New techniques are being taught by the World Agroforestry Centre. Up until a few years...

More sustainable and climate-smart farms with agroforestry

Farmer leaders and technicians from the agriculture office in the municipality of Lantapan, Philippines are learning about sustainable, tree-based farming that can help them adapt to climate change.   A group of 37 farmer leaders and agricultural technicians...

Kenya integrates climate-smart agriculture into its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution

  Technical support from CCAFS and CGIAR Centers helps build consensus for wider policy change. Kenya is among 36 countries (as of September 21) that have recently submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to the United Nations Framework...

Why are Vietnamese farmers not planting trees amid annual crops?

Size of landholding, flooding, and a shortage of knowledge, seedlings and markets are holding back farmers in Viet Nam from planting trees amongst their other crops. Researchers have found ways of overcoming these obstacles.   By Rachmat Mulia...

Millions of farmers around the world practice climate-smart agriculture

                    Science informs policies, investments and practices worldwide. To tackle the ‘wicked’ challenges of climate change, food insecurity and reducing emissions, we need simple and clever solutions that build...

Safeguarding the world’s freshwater resources: Global Forests and Water Action Plan launched

One-third of the world’s largest cities—including New York, Mumbai and Bogotá—rely directly on forests for a large proportion of their drinking water. A new five-year action plan for forests and water was launched on 8 September 2015 at...

Forests and society a major theme at the XIV World Forestry Congress

Forest give food and oxygen, stabilize land, improve water quality and availability, reduce the effects of climate change, and provide spaces for cultural activities, reflection and enjoyment. Convened by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and...

Model shows human impact on threatened tree species and their adaptability to climate change

Potential distribution of endangered forest tree species in the Philippines is largely determined by anthropogenic variables, that is, human activity. These species also respond differently to climate change: some might benefit while others lose habitat.   Alfie Torres,...

Using science to support the development of climate-smart agriculture in East Africa

The connection between food security and climate change cannot be understated. Governments, development organizations and scientists are teaming up to search for solutions to address this challenge. In the process, the concept of climate-smart agriculture has emerged as...