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Why are Vietnamese farmers not planting trees amid annual crops?

Size of landholding, flooding, and a shortage of knowledge, seedlings and markets are holding back farmers in Viet Nam from planting trees amongst their other crops. Researchers have found ways of overcoming these obstacles.   By Rachmat Mulia...

The potential of trees for energy

Further exploration of sustainable tree-based bioenergy could help improve the lives and livelihoods of communities around the world.   Most of the energy used in the world comes from fossil fuels, which are not sustainable as sources will...

Agroforestry farmers’ field schools spread the word effectively

A series of field schools in Sulawesi, Indonesia are helping share advanced knowledge about agroforestry throughout the island   By Enggar Paramita   After being implemented for two years in South and Southeast Sulawesi provinces in Indonesia, a...

Community bylaws improve landscape management

Experience from Uganda shows that when villages and districts create regulations to manage forests and restoration, benefits flow.   Through collective awareness of land-management challenges at the grassroots level, governments and others are effectively coerced to make policy...

More than just cooking: linking energy and food security

There is no doubt that energy is embedded in food production, food distribution and food preparation. Yet practitioners in the two sectors tend to work separately without taking into consideration the interdependences of the two development challenges. What...

Forest fashion, food and music wows Congress delegates: a photostory

Demonstrating that forests are more than then the sum of their trees, indigenous forest-dwellers showcased high-end fashion, food and orchestral prowess to the delight and edification of World Forestry Congress delegates. A story told in pictures…    ...

Village Forest licenses in Indonesia: what are they really for?

While the new Government of Indonesia is keen to promote community-based forest management, World Agroforestry Centre researchers working in villages granted the licenses have found confusion and frustration over purpose, beneficiaries and support   The Government of Indonesia...

More transfer of knowledge needed South–South

Tropical forest countries at the World Forestry Congress call for greater cooperation to share experience between farmers, advisors and governments   ‘We are all talking about how to transfer knowledge from scientists and government to farmers’, summarised Dr...

Can trees help Vietnamese farmers escape poverty?

Tree products can provide significant income for many households when annual crops or livestock aren’t profitable, according to research in Bac Kan Province in Northeastern Viet Nam.   By Rachmat Mulia and Hoan Trong Do   Compared to...

Getting a picture of when nature isn’t a friend to farmers

Using photographs, farmers in central Viet Nam explain the challenges they have faced from extreme weather   Natural disasters brought about by extreme weather have caused numerous losses in the central coastal region’s steep terrain transected by short...

Experts and farmers propose strategies for using agroforestry to restore degraded lands in Brazil

Agroforestry, the cultivation of trees on farmland in different combinations with crops and livestock, can play a strategic role in restoring protected areas in Brazil. This was one of the key conclusions to come out of a recent...