Category: Land Use

Resilient productivity: growing enough safe food for a rising population in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa has huge potential for food production, but factors including land degradation and unreliable rainfall mean that this potential remains largely underused. There is still a large gap between actual and potential annual yields, resulting in recurrent...

Save China’s wild bees to safeguard global food supply: New study calls for more trees and fewer chemicals on China’s farms

China has so far avoided the massive losses of bees seen in the West, but the country’s diverse range of native bees face their own set of growing threats. The authors of a new study, titled “Is China’s...

ICRAF’s Landscape Portal: Data geeks building a global public good

Blog originally published on the website of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) It sounds like not only the CIA’s, but also a scientist’s worst nightmare: tons of datasets just “lying around” or rather...

In Kenya, farmers see early rewards from adding legumes and trees to their farms

Less than a year after supplying farmers with legume seeds and fertilizer tree seedlings, the Legume CHOICE project team caught up with farmers and traders in Kisii and Migori counties of Kenya. The farmers were already enjoying the...

Alex Oduor and Malesu Maimbo, water engineers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), talk with Khat farmers in Embu. Khat cultivation is severely impacting water availability yet is lucrative for farmers. Photo D Odhiambo/ICRAF

Resolving the khat conundrum: when a profitable crop has downsides

With European markets closed to the khat grown in one Kenyan county, khat grown in another county is making inroads into coffee, tea and forest. Environmental damage is escalating. Fortunately, researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre have a...

Seeing swidden

Swidden aka shifting cultivation has long been criticised as an unsustainable agricultural practice in Southeast Asia. Research is revealing its complexities and benefits   Swiddening, that is, the practice of clearing forest for annual crops and then managing...