Category: Landscape

Joan Baxter

Joan Baxter is a communications specialist, journalist and award-winning author, with many years of experience in development and environmental research and writing in Africa and elsewhere.

Farmer Athanus Makokha (centre) explains uses of various trees on her farm to lead author of the study, ICRAF’s John Nyaga (right) and field assistant Robert Situma (left) in Trans Nzoia County, Kenya. The indigenous tree Croton macrostachyus grows on the crop field to the left, while other C. macrostachyus trees as well as Grevillea robusta, Cupressus lusitanica and Eucalyptus spp grow around the homestead area in the background. Credit: J. Nyaga

For every tree a reason — research “in” rather than “for” agroforestry development

In their ground-breaking article about the importance of inserting research into agroforestry development, Ric Coe, Fergus Sinclair and Edmund Barrios of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) emphasize how important this small but extremely significant change in wording —...

Sengon (Albizia sp.) intercropped with seasonal plants. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Dony Indiarto

The green alliance that is restoring a national park

In Sukabumi in Indonesia an environmental organization has partnered with a private company, communities and a national park to restore the park’s barren areas.   By Enggar Paramita   When the Indonesian state forestry enterprise Perum Perhutani delineated...

The land use in the district is typical rural landscape mosaic in Central Viet Nam: farmers cultivate home gardens in the vicinity of settlements; paddy rice and annual crops, mostly maize, peanuts and beans, are grown along riverbanks; planted forests, such as acacia plantations, are on more distant, higher, sloping areas. The most distant plots from settlements are the hilly, naturally-regenerating forests. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Rachmat Mulia.

Why are Vietnamese farmers not planting trees amid annual crops?

Size of landholding, flooding, and a shortage of knowledge, seedlings and markets are holding back farmers in Viet Nam from planting trees amongst their other crops. Researchers have found ways of overcoming these obstacles.   By Rachmat Mulia...

Map of the world's degraded land. Source: Bonn Challenge

The global agroforestry challenge

The world’s leaders have been set the challenge of restoring more than 350 million hectares by 2030. Researchers see agroforestry as the key to making it happen.   ‘Around 20–25% of global land is degraded, affecting 1.5 billion...

Industrial wood fuel. Photo courtesy of Dr. Henry Neufeldt/ICRAF

‘De-risk’ the wood energy sector to unleash green growth

With population growth and urbanization, the demand for energy from trees is growing rapidly around the world. This demand presents a golden opportunity for wood energy be a force for energy security, sustainable development and greener economies. But...