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Cathy Watson

Cathy Watson is chief of programme development at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi. Before joining ICRAF in November 2012, she founded and ran two NGOs in Uganda -- Straight Talk Foundation and Mvule Trust. She was made a senior Ashoka fellow for social entrepreneurship in 2006. She has also been a foreign correspondent, working for The Guardian and the BBC, among others. A graduate in biology and Latin American Studies from Princeton, she has over 30 years of work experience in Africa with a focus on trees, youth, HIV, families, and communication for social change. She holds a graduate certificate in agroforestry from the University of Missouri.

In Andhra Pradesh, World Agroforestry dives deep into the science of Zero-Budget Natural Farming

  Zero-budget natural farming (ZBNF) is reported to be followed by 8% of farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India, making it probably the world’s most successful natural farming approach. “Adoption rates elsewhere of nature-friendly agriculture rarely exceed 1%,” says...

Agroforestry could make agriculture emissions-neutral by 2050

At a defining conference centred around the forthcoming ASEAN Guidelines for Agroforestry Development, participants heard that integrating more trees into farming systems will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help farmers adapt to climate change.   Agroforestry is a...

Philippines to access the Green Climate Fund

The Philippines is preparing a proposal to access the Green Climate Fund, a billion-dollar platform that bankrolls low-emission and climate-resilient programs in developing countries. “Ambition enables finance,” said Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Institute for Climate and...

Resolution on harnessing trees on farms for a green economy in the Philippines

  Government agencies, the private sector, NGOs and universities want a new direction for increasing trees on farms to grow a green economy and strengthen the vulnerable archipelago   It will take 206 years to restore to productivity...

How much carbon dioxide is emitted from smallholders’ farms on peatland?

Smallholders clear forests on peat swamps for their farms, emitting considerable amounts of greenhouse gases. But how much? Scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre went for a walk to find out.   Walking on Indonesian peat that has...

The Philippines needs a national agroforestry policy to meet the Sustainable Development Goals

  Representatives of Philippine government forestry and agriculture agencies, the private sector, universities, farmers’ organizations and NGOs are calling for a national agroforestry policy to meet climate challenges   The Philippines is one of the world’s most vulnerable...

ASEAN is rising to the climate-change challenge facing agriculture and forestry

  At a meeting in Lombok, Indonesia, representatives of ASEAN working groups agreed to strengthen their collaboration to reduce risks and maximize security in the food, agriculture and forestry sectors The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is...

Peru’s integrated approach to nationally determined contributions can boost agroforestry’s role in fighting climate change

Agroforestry’s ability to produce multiple benefits can make it a key feature of Peru’s innovative and multi-sectoral approach to NDCs. What is needed to fully harness it?   Climate action is increasingly a country-led and country-driven process. Through...

SHARED knowledge to promote sustainable woodfuel

Workshops in Tanzania to better understand the context of woodfuel (charcoal and firewood) systems and plan for sustainable interventions brought together communities, governments, NGOs and businesses in three regions. We have just returned from Tanzania where we witnessed...

Indonesia and Japan committed to realize low-carbon development

At the recent climate-change conference in Bonn, Germany, ministers of the environment for both nations reiterated their commitment to create sustainable economic growth and low-carbon development Bambang Brodjonegoro, minister for national development planning in Indonesia, speaking at a...

How U.N. proposed climate budget cuts will impact REDD+ programs

In July, a community-led Kenyan conservation organization called Mikoko Pamoja, Mangroves Together, was among the 2017 Equator Prize winners. The program was singled out as an exceptional REDD+ project, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, a global...

People matter for peat

Better management of Indonesia’s vast peatlands, some of the biggest and most efficient carbon stores on the planet, which have been extensively degraded, means working with the people who make their living from them.

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