The right tree for the right place: vegetationmap4africa v2 includes smartphone app

Tree enthusiasts on the move can now identify species as they go, and at the same time gain a deeper understanding of their natural environment, thanks to a new version of vegetationmap4africa (www.vegetationmap4africa.org). The new version of the...

Model shows human impact on threatened tree species and their adaptability to climate change

Potential distribution of endangered forest tree species in the Philippines is largely determined by anthropogenic variables, that is, human activity. These species also respond differently to climate change: some might benefit while others lose habitat.   Alfie Torres,...

Experts and farmers propose strategies for using agroforestry to restore degraded lands in Brazil

Agroforestry, the cultivation of trees on farmland in different combinations with crops and livestock, can play a strategic role in restoring protected areas in Brazil. This was one of the key conclusions to come out of a recent...

Field visit, Doan Ket village, Son La, Northwest Viet Nam Photo Tran Phong

New coordinated research initiative launched in Viet Nam

The Humidtropics’ Research for Development Platform for Northwest Viet Nam will help focus national and world attention on the region to address major challenges   The Humidtropics’ Research for Development (R4D) Platform in the Northwest of Viet Nam...

agroforestry trial, Northwest Viet Nam

Agroforests set to replace monocrops in Northwest Viet Nam

Land degradation owing to monocropping is the main reason for reduced agricultural productivity in Northwest Viet Nam. But after four years of agroforestry research, results show positive signs for farmers.   Monocropping of annuals—such as maize, rice and...

Delia C. Catacutan (left) and Nguyen Thi Thanh An

Australian support for agroforestry development in Viet Nam

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research is working with ICRAF to test new agroforestry systems in Northwest Viet Nam, explains Nguyen Thi Thanh An   The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has a mission to...

tree domestication, grafting, AFLI, Viet Nam

Viet Nam needs a tree-domestication strategy

Despite extensive forest restoration since the wars, quality remains low and indigenous species are underutilised. A comprehensive national strategy would speed increases in timber supply, farmers’ livelihoods, biodiversity and environmental security.   Over the last 25 years, planted...

Ambassador Skoog (L) and Mr Levrans Yarisetow

A village in Papua sets out to save the world

A small, remote village in Papua province, Indonesia, wants to share the knowledge it has gained to help slow climate change, beginning with the ambassador of the European Union   The village of Wambena, clinging to a clifftop...

Customary leader Wambena Mr Levrans Yarisetouw

Papua is ready but the world isn’t

Home to a vast area of natural forests considered critical to slowing climate change, Papua province in Indonesia is ready to develop a ‘green economy’ but the world isn’t ready to invest   Committed to retaining 80% of...

How many trees for a chocolate fix?

By Ake Mamo and Philippe Vaast   ‘Chocolate has begun a journey from being very loved and very common, like beer, to being very loved and a good deal less common, like Bordeaux.”  said Mark Shatzker of Bloomberg,...

Agricultural development set to benefit from a diet of CaSAVA

ICRAF’s Capacity-strengthening Approach to Vulnerability Assessment looks attractive to two projects funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development   By Kharmina Anit At the Second Quarterly Meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the...

Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park, B+WISER, Amy Cruz, World Agroforestry Centre

B+WISER prioritizes research in the Philippines

A USAID-funded project to improve watersheds and biodiversity has prioritized 67 research ideas   By Bhen Aguihon   Sixty-seven research ideas were presented at the National Workshop on Research and Development Agenda organized by the Biodiversity and Watersheds...

Mrs Pongnapha Srina

Thai farmers are wealthier and healthier thanks to their agroforests

Farmers in Thailand are adopting agroforestry for environmental and human health, diversified and increased incomes and to mitigate global warming     ‘The advantages of agroforestry? How can I answer this? There are so many’, said Mr Naris...

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