More than just cooking: linking energy and food security

There is no doubt that energy is embedded in food production, food distribution and food preparation. Yet practitioners in the two sectors tend to work separately without taking into consideration the interdependences of the two development challenges. What...

The right tree for the right place: vegetationmap4africa v2 includes smartphone app

Tree enthusiasts on the move can now identify species as they go, and at the same time gain a deeper understanding of their natural environment, thanks to a new version of vegetationmap4africa (www.vegetationmap4africa.org). The new version of the...

More transfer of knowledge needed South–South

Tropical forest countries at the World Forestry Congress call for greater cooperation to share experience between farmers, advisors and governments   ‘We are all talking about how to transfer knowledge from scientists and government to farmers’, summarised Dr...

Forests and society a major theme at the XIV World Forestry Congress

Forest give food and oxygen, stabilize land, improve water quality and availability, reduce the effects of climate change, and provide spaces for cultural activities, reflection and enjoyment. Convened by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and...

Model shows human impact on threatened tree species and their adaptability to climate change

Potential distribution of endangered forest tree species in the Philippines is largely determined by anthropogenic variables, that is, human activity. These species also respond differently to climate change: some might benefit while others lose habitat.   Alfie Torres,...

New report says forests and trees could be major factor in efforts to end global hunger

A billion people worldwide depend on forests and trees for balanced diets and sustainable incomes. About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger, with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. Forests and...

Dr Rob Cramb, SEARCA, Agriculture and Development Seminar

The past, present and future of swidden agriculture

Swidden practices have often been viewed as highly destructive and only used by poor, upland farmers. However, that perception is changing as the practice itself changes.   Part 2 of the changing story of swidden agriculture. Read parts...

agroforestry trial, Northwest Viet Nam

Agroforests set to replace monocrops in Northwest Viet Nam

Land degradation owing to monocropping is the main reason for reduced agricultural productivity in Northwest Viet Nam. But after four years of agroforestry research, results show positive signs for farmers.   Monocropping of annuals—such as maize, rice and...

Linking fertilizer subsidies to sustainable farming with trees

A proposed new platform to link Southern Africa’s fertilizer subsidies to sustainable farming practices could be key to reversing the region’s land degradation crisis. The platform – which would be jointly sponsored by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)...

Delia C. Catacutan (left) and Nguyen Thi Thanh An

Australian support for agroforestry development in Viet Nam

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research is working with ICRAF to test new agroforestry systems in Northwest Viet Nam, explains Nguyen Thi Thanh An   The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has a mission to...

tree domestication, grafting, AFLI, Viet Nam

Viet Nam needs a tree-domestication strategy

Despite extensive forest restoration since the wars, quality remains low and indigenous species are underutilised. A comprehensive national strategy would speed increases in timber supply, farmers’ livelihoods, biodiversity and environmental security.   Over the last 25 years, planted...

Catalyzing adoption of trees for food security in southern Africa: Some lessons from eastern Africa

The importance of trees to farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa cannot be overstated. Challenges of soil degradation, low use of inputs like inorganic fertilizers, population pressure, poor agricultural practices and climate change have negatively impacted on food security...

Farmer, Thai, tree management, Northwest Viet Nam, Mai Thanh Tu

Farmers in Viet Nam committed to developing agroforestry systems

Despite challenges, farmers in the northwest of Viet Nam are persisting with agroforestry trials to claim the long-term benefits   Spending time taking care of their young agroforestry systems is one of the challenges faced by farmers in...

Beating Famine Conference seeks a bold vision for Southern Africa

More than 400 participants from 38 countries are gathered in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on the opening day of the Beating Famine Southern Africa conference, a four-day event that is tackling the region’s widespread crisis of land degradation. “What...

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