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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.

agroforest, Indonesia, watershed

Thirty percent forest or 70% agroforest: which will make an Indonesian watershed healthy?

Indonesia’s spatial planning law prescribes 30% of land needs to be set aside as forest for watershed functions. But this number was originally based on melting snow in Europe. Will it lead to healthy watersheds in the tropics?...

Required: Smallholder farmer transition through links with private sector

An estimated 500 million smallholder farmers in the developing world produce the majority of food for the earth’s public citizens. Yet these farmers are not in the public sector; rather, they are part of the private sector—like private...

Farmers designing agroforestry systems

Trees help farmers adapt to climate change

With trees, farmers have a source of food, fuel and timber for consumption or income during climate extremes   By Regine Evangelista   ‘There is nothing we can do’. With resignation and a hint of despair, this is...

The CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014 and Living Data competition

The year 2014 marks an historic opportunity to communicate the importance of research on sustainable agriculture to people involved in the policy processes on climate change and development. An online competition is intended to spark wide interest The...

Farmers, coffee, Kertamandala, Indonesia

Not everyone benefits from community forest management

On the slopes of Mt Sawal in the district of Ciamis, Indonesia, farmers have small plots of land that don’t produce enough to meet their needs. A community-based forest management scheme was supposed to solve that problem but...

Can one GAP reconcile two other gaps?

Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), which is enforceable in world trade to control hidden subsidies, could help make food systems globally efficient and locally sustainable by closing two other important gaps   By Meine van Noordwijk and Lijbert Brussaard...

soil, peanut plant

Soil is more than dirt

A gathering of experts organized by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment: Rapid Assessment argues that the management and amount of carbon in soils is critical to our wellbeing Carbon stored in soil in the form...

Reducing emissions from Jambi province, Indonesia, through ‘nested’ plans

Governments at all levels in Indonesia have to reduce greenhouse emissions to meet national targets. Scientists are helping them integrate their plans   By Bonie Dewantara and Atiek Widayati Within the context of reducing emissions globally, Indonesia promulgated...

Smart Tree-Invest, focus-group discussion, Philippines, inception workshop

The Philippines prepares for Smart Tree-Invest

A new project that develops co-investment schemes for environmental services has started in the Philippines   By Kharmina Anit and Joan Urquiola   Most smallholding farmers in rural areas are vulnerable to biophysical and socio-political shocks and have...

Farmers trained in jelutong agroforestry for peatland

Tropical peatlands are one of the world’s great carbon stores but are under threat from conversion for economic purposes. One native species in Indonesia is making a comeback thanks to its role in maintaining peat ecosystems while improving...

cocoa, agroforestry, Cameroon, extension

How to reduce, and adapt to, climate change at the same time

Researchers now understand the conditions necessary for reducing the rate of climate change and those needed to help humans and ecosystems adapt. Both can be done together, thanks to a new ‘analytical framework’   By Elizabeth Kahurani  ...

Migrants, land and deforestation in Indonesia

Internal migrants in Indonesia have shifted land arrangements, resulting in both social and ecological damage: land conflicts increase along with deforestation. This complex relationship has been underplayed in the REDD debate, say Gamma Galudra, Meine van Noordwijk, Putra...

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