Agroforestry at 40: how tree-farm science has changed the world

“Agroforestry” – the practice of having trees as part of farms – is as old as agriculture itself. But as a field of scientific enquiry and policy making, it’s now marking its 40th birthday.

Agroforestry at 40: The institutional evolution of World Agroforestry in research, development, policy and delivery

The institutional evolution of World Agroforestry for the two thousand and tens decade is a combined outcome of sound planning and serendipity.

Looking for the right tree for the right place? Agroforestry Species Switchboard Version 2

The updated Agroforestry Species Switchboard is a ‘one-stop shop’ to retrieve data about plant species across a wide range of information sources. The Switchboard supports research into trees and for tree-based development, such as agroforestry planting and wider...

Eradicating hunger through the African Orphan Crops Consortium

Training scientists in advanced plant genomics is set to transform nutrition in Africa. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations works with the Consortium to assist its member countries. The African Orphan Crops Consortium is an...

Using the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework to assess land health in Rwanda

By Dorcas Sanginga Regreening Africa’s Land Degradation Dynamics component, spearheaded by Leigh Winowiecki, soil systems scientist, and Tor-Gunnar Vågen, geoinformatics senior scientist, recently conducted Field Training and Field Survey: Biophysical Soil and Land Health Assessment using the Land...

ASEAN Guidelines for Agroforestry Development set to revolutionize land use in Southeast Asia

    The endorsement of the Guidelines by the region’s ministers of agriculture and forestry paves the way for implementation to restore degraded landscapes, improve food security and livelihoods, enhance farmers’ resilience and meet nationally determined contributions to...

Trees on farms contributing to post-2020 biodiversity framework

  As countries wrapped up discussion at CBD COP 14 in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, the Trees on Farms for Biodiversity team reflected on what was needed to accelerate action towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and to contribute...

Restoring land and increasing resilience needs women

Raising awareness of gender equity and equality is critical for Africa’s future, with workshops like one held recently in Ghana an important contribution.

Breeding success: Bunmi Olasanmi and the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy

  Growing a food-secure future for Africa is the aim of the University of California at Davis African Plant Breeding Academy. Bunmi Olasanmi is the first in a series of success stories.   By Bunmi Olasanmi   I...

World Agroforestry Centre celebrates ten years of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

  Scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre deposited accessions of 12 tree species to mark the Svalbard Global Seed Vault’s tenth anniversary. The 318 accessions of the tree species were presented at a ceremony to mark the tenth...

The significance of planted teak for smallholders

  Teak is one of the most sought-after hardwoods in the world. A substantial amount is grown by smallholders in Latin America, Africa and Asia, who need help to improve production.   James M. Roshetko and Aulia Perdana of...

Winners and losers in tree domestication: the agarwood story

  A forest tree is being domesticated that produces a substance as valuable as gold. But it’s not as simple as it might seem.   Domestication of forest products that are overharvested in the wild is expected to...

Multifunctional Agriculture: Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa

A practical, appropriate and effective solution to Africa’s food and nutritional insecurity has alluded everyone for over 100 years1. Since colonial days, conventional thinking has been based on the misconception that what works in temperate latitudes must work...