For more and better-quality food production, take care of pollinators

The evidence is clear: For big gains in crop production, our landscapes must become more hospitable to some of the planet’s littlest creatures— its pollinators. Bees, birds, butterflies, moths and some small mammals transfer pollen from flower to...

Don’t trade away the climate

Trade, environment and development featured on the agenda at the just concluded UN climate talks held in Paris. The convention talked of ensuring global benefits at lowest possible costs. Climate policies influence how trade is conducted among countries,...

Private companies partner with small producers to create sustainable supply chains of the future

Leveraging their buying power and financial resources, companies are working to create the sustainable supply chains we need in a changing climate. Ones in which farmers and companies prosper together. Where farmers will produce more using ecologically sound...

“It’s time to stop talking and start acting” : Agroecological farming for people and the planet

Back in 2009, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) issued a clarion call for a deep reform of agriculture globally. “Business as usual is not an option,” the comprehensive, evidence-based global series...

Farming worms for climate-smart agriculture in Vietnam

Twenty-three farmers from My Loi village in Viet Nam were recently trained in vermiculture—raising worms on farms to produce fertilizer and improve soil. Vermicomposting will help the farmers improve one of their priority ‘climate-smart agriculture’ interventions—home gardens. Inspired...

From knowing to reaping benefits from trees in the Philippines

Capacity-building programs are recommended for enhancing farmers’ awareness of the ecosystem services trees provide in the Molawin-Dampalit Watershed, Philippines. A heightened awareness would then influence the farmers to integrate trees in their farms.   A team of researchers...

Farmers and funders need to open their eyes to the benefits of integrated landscapes

Focussing only on the commercial value of crops leaves farmers and funders poorer. The services provided by integrated agro-ecosystems offer greater benefits to all.   ‘The first challenge is to make smallholders aware that they can contribute to...

Beyond eucalyptus woodlots: what’s on the agroforestry menu for communities around Virunga?

The technical guide is an essential tool for extension efforts promoting rural development and the protection of the environment or land, who are interested in promoting agroforestry in North Kivu province. The technical manual (in French the Guide technique d’agroforesterie pour la selection et la gestion des arbres au Nord-Kivu) helps people to select and manage trees in the area around the Park.

Overlooked no more, precious fruit tree comes into its own in West Africa’s Sahel

While certainly no stranger to smallholders and fruit lovers in many parts of Africa and Asia, this unassuming fruit tree that is so often overlooked by international research is starting to come into its own, proving itself as...

Maize farmers convert to agroforestry

Farmers in Gorontalo, Indonesia are turning to agroforestry as a solution to the increasingly long dry seasons that have devastated their maize crops. New techniques are being taught by the World Agroforestry Centre. Up until a few years...

More sustainable and climate-smart farms with agroforestry

Farmer leaders and technicians from the agriculture office in the municipality of Lantapan, Philippines are learning about sustainable, tree-based farming that can help them adapt to climate change.   A group of 37 farmer leaders and agricultural technicians...

Sustainable bioenergy and the Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia

Bioenergy can play a role in Indonesia in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. And several other Goals. But some conditions need to be met.   ‘Bioenergy is...

Bioenergy for Indonesia means improving smallholders’ livelihoods and maintaining the environment

If Indonesia is to achieve its target of 23% renewable energy, of which 10% should come from bioenergy, by 2025, the nation must simultaneously improve policies, embrace smallholders to improve their livelihoods and maintain the services provided by...

For every tree a reason — research “in” rather than “for” agroforestry development

In their ground-breaking article about the importance of inserting research into agroforestry development, Ric Coe, Fergus Sinclair and Edmund Barrios of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) emphasize how important this small but extremely significant change in wording —...

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