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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.

‘Income that surpasses the waiting’: in dire need of trees, Malawi tries woodlots, bees, bamboo

Success in rejuvenating land through forest-based enterprises has had dramatic outcomes for farmers. In the late afternoon in the highlands of Malawi, the air is chilly as the sun descends. But the welcome is warm. A group of...

Drylands Development Programme: changed lives in the Sahel

DryDev helped develop farmer-managed natural regeneration in agricultural fields, leading to reforestation with multiple local and exotic species that now contribute to strengthening natural forests and providing woodfuel and food, which can be prepared on the improved cookstoves deployed by DryDev, which reduce fuelwood consumption by two-thirds.

Trees on farms in Honduras: a chance for biodiversity

  Among the cattle ranches, mountainous natural forests and smallholdings of Catacamas, Honduras, researcher Yves Zinngrebe encounters farmers with both large and small holdings who are interested in the Trees on Farms for Biodiversity project and its transformative...

Mekong Expert Group on Agroforestry: impact on ASEAN

  The Group brought together experts from ASEAN and beyond to provide critical input to key regional guiding documents   The Mekong Expert Group on Agroforestry for Food and Nutrition Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Land Restoration was formed in early...

Agricultural innovation in the mountains: a new direction

  The Mountain Futures Innovation Platform in Yunnan, China is a new way to better understand upland landscapes for sustainable development.   The Mountain Futures Innovation Platform was inaugurated on 11 January 2019 by World Agroforestry and the...

We can forecast weather and prepare our farm better

  ‘When the mountain turns pink, with the clouds rising along its top, and the goats eat more, it will rain.’   By Tran Ha My, Elisabeth Simelton, Le Thi Tam   For thousands of years, the farmers...

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: a biodiversity assessment tool

  Researchers have created a new tool to measure biological diversity in farm land, which will prove useful for the purposes of the Convention on Biological Diversity.   The United Nations Biodiversity Conference held 17–29 November 2018 in...

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...

The Tamale Declaration: a regreening plan for northern Ghana

  An international workshop has called for an integrated plan to regreen the region.   The climax of the international workshop held late November 2018 in Tamale, the capital of Ghana’s Northern Region, was when the nearly 60...

Call to action: more trees to restore landscapes and improve livelihoods in northern Ghana

“There is an urgent need in northern Ghana for metro, municipal and district assemblies, NGOs and civil society organizations to act immediately to address issues such as land tenure, bush fires, indiscriminate tree cutting, and a lack of...

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.

Wealthy women and a healthy nation through high-quality coffee

Women in Uganda’s Mt. Elgon region are producing some of the best quality coffee in the country and are rising to an export challenge.