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Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program's regional communications specialist. As well as writing stories for the Centre's website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization.

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ICRAF partner ranked in top ten of Indonesia’s scientists

The best scientists in the three most populous countries of the world—China, India and the USA—don’t necessarily work on agroforestry but in the fourth-most populous country—Indonesia—ICRAF is proud to have a direct relationship with the second highest-ranking scientist,...

Beating Famine conference tackles food insecurity in Southern Africa

Large tracts of Southern Africa are in the grips of a land degradation crisis that has shaken the foundations of food security in the region. The situation is precarious, but not insurmountable. By widely adopting low-cost and sustainable...

Empowering farmers with knowledge and skills changes lives

To visit with Cameroonian farmer Louis-Marie Atangana is to witness first hand how farmers’ empowerment with knowledge and skills can change lives and landscapes. Until 4 years ago Atangana, 45, was a cassava farmer struggling to feed his...

forest, Ha Tinh

Narrowing the gap between statutory and customary rights in Viet Nam’s community forest management

Researchers in Viet Nam have identified a gap between statutory rights from legally allocated forests and informal customary rights for community forest management   According to a research team from Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry and the...

Thai, farmer, women, female, Son La, crop selection, Viet Nam, Vietnam, AFLI

What happens when farmers are involved in research?

Farmers’ participation in research will increase their ownership of results and motivation to change their agricultural system for long-term benefits, according to researchers in Viet Nam   Farmers working with scientists in three provinces in Northwest Viet Nam...

pineapple plantation Bukidnon Philippines

Healthy watersheds need everyone’s help, agrees International Fund for Agricultural Development

Everyone with an interest in a watershed has to be involved for its protection to be effective. Deceptively simple, this finding from the Philippines is now being globally promoted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development   From...

Ha Tinh, farmer, livestock, annual crop, trees

Viet Nam governments invest in Smart Trees

Local government agencies in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces are fully supportive of more trees on farms to help farmers adapt to climate change   On 11–14 March 2015, the regional project team from Bogor, Indonesia visited...

cocoa, tree, cacao, farmer, planting, Bohol, Philippines

Why aren’t farmers growing more trees?

Researchers in the Philippines found that farmers’ recognition of services provided by trees is an important but insufficient prerequisite for agroforestry adoption. More education is needed.   By Christine Marie D. Habito and Nina Astrid Fenger   Do...

Evergreen, Nipa and ‘push-pull’ presented at global innovations forum 2015

Agriculture as practiced in most parts of the world today will simply not feed a human population of 9 billion by 2050. Innovation in food production is needed, and it needs to be adopted on a wide scale....

Empower Women for a Sustainable Africa: 2015 Africa Environment Day/ Wangari Maathai Day

“You do not need a diploma to plant a tree.” This was Professor Wangari Maathai’s smart response to people who were questioning her decision to train illiterate rural women on how to grow and nurture trees. To celebrate...