Category: Policies

Cathy Watson

Cathy Watson

Cathy Watson is chief of programme development at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi. Before joining ICRAF in November 2012, she founded and ran two NGOs in Uganda -- Straight Talk Foundation and Mvule Trust. She was made a senior Ashoka fellow for social entrepreneurship in 2006. She has also been a foreign correspondent, working for The Guardian and the BBC, among others. A graduate in biology and Latin American Studies from Princeton, she has almost 30 years of work experience in Africa with a focus on trees, youth, HIV, families, and communication for social change. She holds a certificate in agroforestry from the University of Missouri.

Alex Oduor and Malesu Maimbo, water engineers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), talk with Khat farmers in Embu. Khat cultivation is severely impacting water availability yet is lucrative for farmers. Photo D Odhiambo/ICRAF

Resolving the khat conundrum: when a profitable crop has downsides

With European markets closed to the khat grown in one Kenyan county, khat grown in another county is making inroads into coffee, tea and forest. Environmental damage is escalating. Fortunately, researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre have a...

City of Kendari from Nipa-Nipa viewing tower. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre

Nipa-Nipa reserve saved by multilateral alliance of government, farmers and NGOs

  Nearly 18 years after the establishment of the Nipa-Nipa Grand Forest Park conservation area in Southeast Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, new, broadly-supported legislation marks the beginning of its collaborative management and the end of a lengthy democratic process....

Freshly harvested, safe, nutritious food from an agroforest in Southern Thailand. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Research centres, banks, businesses, civil society and farmers join forces to fight future food shortages in Asia

The Asian Development Bank is working with the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food-secure future, as the key research partner in a broad coalition of partners to boost food production across the region.   We are faced...

Farmers practising social forestry in ASEAN come from a wide range of ethnicities and are among the poorest in their nations. Photo: Center for International Forestry Research

Seeing swidden

Swidden aka shifting cultivation has long been criticised as an unsustainable agricultural practice in Southeast Asia. Research is revealing its complexities and benefits   Swiddening, that is, the practice of clearing forest for annual crops and then managing...

A landscape in Myanmar near Inle Lake, Shan State. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Cambodia and Myanmar call for more help to develop agroforestry

Senior representatives of the governments of Cambodia and Myanmar have called on the World Agroforestry Centre to support development of agroforestry in their countries.   At a meeting of senior forestry, environment and agriculture delegates from member states...

A community forest in Jambi Province, Indonesia. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

One landscape, one people: meeting national and international goals in ASEAN

The Association of Southeast Asian Nation’s integrated plan for food, agriculture and forestry sets the groundwork for sustainable landscapes that meet many goals both national and global. Agroforestry is playing an increasingly important role   Trees in their...