Category: Knowledge And Information Systems

Mai Thanh Tu

Mai Thanh Tu

Mai Thanh Tu is the monitoring and evaluation officer for the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics in the Central Mekong Action Area. She obtained her Master in Development Evaluation at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Before joining the World Agroforestry Centre, she worked as a researcher in rural development and policies related to ethnic minorities in Viet Nam. She also worked as monitoring and evaluation coordinator for a regional project, Developing the Agricultural Value Chain across the East–West Economic Corridor, in Viet Nam, Lao PDR, Thailand and Myanmar.

R4D Platform members taking notes for analysis of agricultural issues in Mai Son District, Son La Province, Viet Nam. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Mai Thanh Tu

New research platform faces challenges

A Research for Development Platform can be a powerful mechanism to bring different people together to solve problems and produce more inclusive, demand-driven research. But experience in Thailand and Viet Nam reveals many challenges.   There are three...

Harvesting season in Nyando climate-smart villages. Photo by S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Agroforestry among Kenyan farmers’ tactics for climate change adaptation

Greenpeace Africa recently released a comprehensive report providing insights into ways in which Kenyan smallholder farmers are adapting to climate change and building climate resilience. The report presents case studies under four main themes: diversity, water, soils and...

Eric Ng’ethe (Right) explains the principles of the fruit tree portfolio to farmers. Photo by Danyell Odhiambo/ICRAF

Unlocking the potential of sustainable agroforestry practices: Farmers meet ICRAF staff at agricultural fair

It’s a bright morning on Wednesday 24 June, 2015 and the four-day Agricultural Society of Kenya (A.S.K) Show in Machakos has just began. This is arguably the most popular agricultural and trade exhibition in the semi-arid region of...

Pham Huu Thuong, ATK, AFLI, Viet Nam

Researchers from Viet Nam and Lao PDR learn how to use the Agroecological Knowledge Toolkit

To better understand how farmers manage landscapes in their countries, natural resources researchers from Viet Nam and Lao PDR learned how to use a specially designed knowledge-gathering method and computer software.   ‘I like this course very much....

swidden, landscape

Key lessons for REDD+ schemes in swidden landscapes

Most forests are rich in ‘natural’ resources but they are also rich because local people have enriched forests through their knowledge and practice, such as in shifting cultivation, or swidden. Understanding how this works is critical for any...

farmer's nursery, AFLI, Northwest Viet Nam

Participatory, on-farm research in Viet Nam is a challenge!

Participatory, on-farm research has long been acknowledged as an approach with great potential for increasing the adoption of research results for development purposes. However, sometimes there can be unexpected obstacles, including the farmers themselves.   In participatory, on-farm...