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Facing the challenges of the Greater Mekong Sub-region

With a growing population greater than the United States, the Greater Mekong Sub-Region is under enormous pressure caused by over-use of natural resources. The World Agroforestry Centre and Chiang Mai University have joined together to help find solutions...

Co-investing in landscapes with Smart Tree-Invest

A new project will study co-investment by farmers, business and government in the environment and agriculture for mitigating and adapting to climate change, say Amy Cruz and Tess Beyer     An inception meeting for the Climate-Smart, Tree-Based,...

ASEAN needs an agroforestry policy

There is a critical need for an integrated agroforestry strategy for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that encourages member states to promulgate agroforestry policies that achieve food security, alleviate poverty, create climate-resilient agricultural systems and sustainable, social...

Grow your own pesticidal plants

Active ingredients found in wild flowers, trees and bramble have been used for millennia to control pests and diseases. Different parts of the plants are processed into decoctions or applied directly to crops or livestock, protecting them from...

Negotiation-support toolkit for learning landscapes

Governments and communities are finding it easier to work together to create a sustainable, climate-friendly Southeast Asia thanks to a suite of ‘tools’ that support negotiations over land use, says Robert Finlayson This year, 2013, the World Agroforestry...

Agriculture can mitigate and adapt to climate change

Separating climate-change mitigation and adaptation in agricultural landscapes is counter-productive but can be fixed, say Minh Ha Hoang, Peter Minang and an international team of researchers   Addressing climate change, food security and poverty means we have to...

Unpacking the evidence on firewood and charcoal in Africa

Woodfuel meets around a tenth of the world’s energy demand, with its users overwhelmingly found in sub-Saharan Africa. Here, nine out of ten people—around 760  million individuals—rely on firewood and charcoal as their primary source of energy for...

Wake up now to make agriculture sustainable

“The world needs a paradigm shift in agricultural development … to an ‘ecological intensification’ approach,” states the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013 released yesterday (18 September 2013) in Geneva. “The required transformation is much more profound than...

Community mapping for responsible palm oil

According to the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil’s principle on the development of new plantations, customary and user rights need to be demonstrated as part of the free prior and informed consent process. This can be done through...

New technologies for cocoa farming pull youth, secure chocolate

“In one of our project sites in Cote d’Ivoire, a university graduate recently went back to his family’s cocoa farm of his own accord,” Christophe Kouamé said, to make the point that new technologies can make farming more...

More people, more trees: the pathway to food and nutritional security in Africa

It is not a very old term, yet a google search of Evergreen Agriculture returns over 10 million hits. What exactly does it involve? “Evergreen Agriculture is a form of intensive farming of crops with the right trees,”...

Mainstreaming climate change guidebook

How to protect diverse animals and plants from changes in climate

A new guidebook explains how to take into account climate changes that might affect biodiversity, say Rodel D. Lasco, Florencia Pulhin and Perlyn Pulhin   Because the effects of climate change are multifaceted, our challenge is to find...