Category: Livelihoods

Susan Onyango

Susan Onyango

Susan Onyango is the communications specialist for climate change for the World Agroforestry Centre and is based at the headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. With over 12 year’s experience in communication, she promotes the World Agroforestry Centre’s work on climate change, writes blogs and provides communication advice and support to scientists. Susan holds a MA communication studies and a BA in English. Twitter: @susanonyango

The session titled “Climate change and the role of markets and trade: leveraging co-benefits” hosted by UNCTAD, WTO and ITC on the sidelines of the Paris COP21. Photo: ICRAF/Susan Onyango

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,...

Grafting cocoa trees for higher production in Soubre, Cote d'Ivoire, under the Mars-sponsored Vision for Change Project. Photo By Claude Adjehi/ICRAF

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...

L-R: Moderator Dr. Ravi Prabu and panelists: A. Leu, C. Tirado, H. Herren, P. Minang, M. van Noodwijk and A. Meybeck. Photo by Daisy Ouya/iCRAF

“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...

Mr. Duong Van Tham (rightmost participant) and women interested in earthworms. Even the women and elderly could tend to the worms, making it an inclusive practice. Photo: ICRAF/Le Van Hai

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...

A capacity-building workshop for the smallholding farmers in the southern Philippines as part of a 'ridge to reef' project led by ICRAF Philippines. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre

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...

Dr Leimona (seated, with microphone) addressing the seminar. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Sacha Amaruzaman

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...