Grow your own pesticidal plants

Active ingredients found in wild flowers, trees and bramble have been used for millennia to control pests and diseases. Different parts of the plants are processed into decoctions or applied directly to crops or livestock, protecting them from...

How to approach a landscape

A ‘landscape approach’ to agriculture, forestry and other land uses never reaches its destination, says Peter Minang   ‘We use a landscape approach because there are complex problems facing the management of natural resources’, said Peter Minang, the...

How research can improve people’s lives: An interview with Mary Njenga

By Arsene, Ahijah, Hubert, Inna, Mélodie and Sabrina (students at Lycée Denis Diderot, Nairobi). On 21 March 2014, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) researcher Mary Njenga visited Lycée Denis Diderot (LDD), the French School in Nairobi, and gave a...

In Memoriam Rev. Delbert Arthur Rice

We have lost a good friend and a remarkable person who was committed to the well-being of the people and landscapes of the Philippines, say Meine van Noordwijk and Grace Villamor   Surrounded by his family and friends,...

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What do farmers really know about climate change?

A new study from the Philippines shows that the coping strategies of farmers are mostly reactive and many tend to do nothing during climate events like La Niña, El Niño, seasonal variations and typhoons. Scientists need to communicate...

A sweet waterway to food and fuel security

Southeast Asia, which is a world centre of palm biodiversity, can sustainably intensify agriculture through maximizing the full potential of sugar palms as sources of livestock feed and biofuel, according to Craig Jamieson during the First International Agroforestry...

ASAP: Agroforestry Shelterbelts for an Adapting Philippines

Agroforestry systems can form part of an adaptation strategy by reducing erosion and sheltering crops from natural disasters, more so strong winds, according to Craig Jamieson at the First International Agroforestry Congress in Bohol, Philippines, as reported by...

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More vulnerable than most? Farmers know that trees can help

The Philippines is struck each year by an increasing number of typhoons, which are also increasing in intensity. Not only the country’s physical infrastructure is battered but also its food-producing systems. New research for development in the Philippines...

Dark clouds ahead but we can shelter beneath the trees

Scientists are making bleak forecasts for our food supply. But putting more trees on farms might help stave off disaster, says Regine Joy P. Evangelista A week before the Philippine national meteorological agency is set to declare the official...

Kenya’s southwest Mau and Vietnam’s highland regions set to become models in sustainable landscape management

  A new initiative launched on 28 February 2014 will be carry out projects in Kenya and Vietnam, projects whose success could serve as an example for integrated and sustainable land and water management for productive landscapes. The...

Innovations for organized and profitable produce markets: The Lake Kivu Pilot Learning Site

By Rebecca Selvarajah Two new articles in the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics highlight the role of the ‘Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D)’ approach in Africa. The approach integrates markets and innovation platforms (IPs). FARA,...

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