Starting small, thinking big: seven ingredients that help smart agriculture thrive

  A blog by Kristi Foster Rural farmers in many parts of the world are already using ‘smart’ agricultural practices like intercropping, agroforestry and rainwater harvesting. But what if those practices benefitted the livelihoods and landscapes of millions...

While raising crop yields, African thorn tree Faidherbia albida captures large amounts of carbon

A large, old Faidherbia albida tree with a metre-plus diameter stored the equivalent of the CO2 emitted by 8 cars over one year. These useful trees play an important role in carbon sequestration, a critical part of the...

Finding long-term solutions for degraded peat land: video

A video has been released that documents research in Jambi Province, Indonesia on how best to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from land use on peat, including intercropping oil palm and other crops.   A video released by the World...

At launch, the Wangari Maathai Foundation unveils major project for environment and society

Hundreds of friends, partners and supporters joined the family of Kenya’s celebrated environmentalist and Africa’s first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in launching the Wangari Maathai Foundation, on 11 March 2016. The colourful event at the...

COP21: A coming of age for the climate-smart agriculture for enhanced nutrition agenda?

By Todd S. Rosenstock Blog originally published on the website of Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA), a new research initiative funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and coordinated by the Leverhulme Centre for...

Holistic adaptation needed for smallholders in the Philippines

Smallholding farmers in the Philippines notice climate change and its impacts on their farming systems, however, their adaptive capacities are not yet fully maximized. There is, thus, a need to holistically develop their capacities.   Researchers have found...

Bhutan learns how to improve payments for ecosystem services

Staff of the Bhutan Government have been trained by the World Agroforestry Centre in methods for improving their ecosystem services’ schemes.   Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) are incentive-based schemes that bridge conservation initiatives and community livelihoods. The...

Partnering to scale-up climate-smart agriculture in Africa

Blog originally published on the website of the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change and Food Security (CCAFS) Coordinated by the World Farmers’ Organisation in collaboration with the UNFCCC Secretariat, Farmers Day marked on 2 December 2015 brought together farming...

Overcoming hurdles: agroforestry as a means to reaching national climate targets in Africa

A side event at the on-going UN climate talks discussed challenges that African countries face in implementing actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and suggested viable low-carbon pathways to overcome these hurdles. Nearly 150 countries worldwide have outlined...

With trees on farms, climate-change mitigation is a co-benefit of broader socioeconomic gains

In a ‘Letter to the Editor’ published in the Guardian Development Blog, Professor Roger Leakey urges a closer look at agroforestry’s potential as a pathway for both mitigating climate change and fighting hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Leakey, who...

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,...

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