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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.

The Philippines needs a national agroforestry policy to meet the Sustainable Development Goals

  Representatives of Philippine government forestry and agriculture agencies, the private sector, universities, farmers’ organizations and NGOs are calling for a national agroforestry policy to meet climate challenges   The Philippines is one of the world’s most vulnerable...

World Agroforestry Centre celebrates ten years of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

  Scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre deposited accessions of 12 tree species to mark the Svalbard Global Seed Vault’s tenth anniversary. The 318 accessions of the tree species were presented at a ceremony to mark the tenth...

Silviculture can improve farmers’ incomes

Two new studies reveal the importance of silviculture for increasing farmers’ incomes in Java and East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Planting timber in agricultural systems is a common practice in Indonesia. Farmers often cultivate timber together with other crops...

Empowering farmers, sustaining changes

  Farmers on Sumba Island struggle through a nine-month dry season on degraded land. But they are committed to learning how to restore their island to its once verdant and productive state.  Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara...

Women in Kenya improve their families’ food security through simple land-restoration technology

Despite challenges from both the land and society, women in Kenya are taking control of their farms, with impressive results. Following a previous article on the topic, we delve deeper into a farming technique that is alleviating food...

Explaining the complex: putting the best available evidence into the hands of decision makers

Researchers are co-developing ways of ensuring scientific data and information is useable by the people who need it. We all know the basic concept of supply and demand in economics, which makes sense in most settings: the more...

Mekong Group grows support for agroforestry in ASEAN

  The Mekong Expert Group on Agroforestry has members from government and civil society committed to support the development of agroforestry in ASEAN member states   The Mekong Expert Group on Agroforestry for Food and Nutrition Security, Sustainable...

Peru’s integrated approach to nationally determined contributions can boost agroforestry’s role in fighting climate change

Agroforestry’s ability to produce multiple benefits can make it a key feature of Peru’s innovative and multi-sectoral approach to NDCs. What is needed to fully harness it?   Climate action is increasingly a country-led and country-driven process. Through...

SHARED knowledge to promote sustainable woodfuel

Workshops in Tanzania to better understand the context of woodfuel (charcoal and firewood) systems and plan for sustainable interventions brought together communities, governments, NGOs and businesses in three regions. We have just returned from Tanzania where we witnessed...

Mekong Expert Group on Agroforestry

A new network of agroforestry experts is forming in the Mekong region to share knowledge about agroforestry for food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and land restoration. The establishment of the Expert Group is timely, coming as the...

The significance of planted teak for smallholders

  Teak is one of the most sought-after hardwoods in the world. A substantial amount is grown by smallholders in Latin America, Africa and Asia, who need help to improve production.   James M. Roshetko and Aulia Perdana of...

Forestry ministry calls for help to transfer 12.7 million hectares to communities

  The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry has called on civil society organizations to help speed the handover of forest rights to communities. Despite valiant efforts in the last two years to overcome the complexities of community...