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Rebecca Selvarajah

Rebecca is a science writer, manager of publishing projects, trainer in science writing, and novelist — working partly from Nairobi, Kenya and partly from Morwell, Australia. With over 15 years of experience in writing, advertising/marketing, publishing and social media, she takes on varied assignments, travelling, if needed, to conduct relevant research and interviews. Originally from Sri Lanka, Rebecca holds a BA honours in Psychology, with minors in Gender Studies and Sociology. Email Rebecca on r.selvarajah@cgiar.org

Climate smart agriculture must be farmer-smart, gender-smart and equity-smart too

High hopes are pinned on the agriculture sector to play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, through undergoing a deep transformation to become climate smart. Agriculture is considered to be “climate-smart” when it contributes to increasing food...

Seeds of hope emerge across the world’s drylands

Drylands occupy 40% of the earth’s land area and are home to 2.5 billion people – nearly a third of the world’s population. People in dry areas are forced to contend with severe environmental degradation and increasing climate...

What could stop the conversion of the last orangutan habitat peat-swamps to oil palm in Tripa, Indonesia?

A mix of regulations, international incentives and consumer pressure might be enough, say Hesti Lestari Tata, Meine van Noordwijk, Denis Ruysschaert, Rachmat Mulia, Subekti Rahayu, Elok Mulyoutami, Atiek Widayati, Andree Ekadinata, Riswan Zen, Adji Darsoyo, Rahayu Oktaviani, Sonya...

Agriculture can mitigate and adapt to climate change

Separating climate-change mitigation and adaptation in agricultural landscapes is counter-productive but can be fixed, say Minh Ha Hoang, Peter Minang and an international team of researchers   Addressing climate change, food security and poverty means we have to...

Land-use planning for low-emissions development strategies

Farms, estates and other land uses produce food and other benefits but they can also produce greenhouse gases. To reduce these, Indonesia is working with the World Agroforestry Centre to implement land-use planning for low-emissions development strategies, say...

Quotes from TEDx Nairobi: The City Rebooted

The TEDxNairobi event on the theme ‘The City Rebooted” surpassed expectations. A stellar cast of speakers, each provocative and with memorable quotes and moving stories, left audiences inspired and enlightened. World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) hosted the event on...

Two easy entry points for soil fertility management in East Africa’s highlands

Distance from the homestead and soil fertility classes are clear entry points through which to target soil fertility management technologies. This is according to an article published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal by, including others,...

Can China step back from the brink of ecological disaster?

China’s 30-year drive to grow its economy has paid scant attention to ecological and social costs. A survey of six main environmental stressors in China reveals that domestic policies are inadequate and need to be reformed, say Ed...

Lucerna, women, role-play game

Indonesia set to reduce emissions from landscapes not just forests

International plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation have proven difficult to implement in Indonesia. Nationally appropriate mitigation actions look like being the way to go, say Meine van Noordwijk, Fahmuddin Agus, Sonya Dewi, Herry Purnomo, Betha...

Land tenure and agroforestry at the heart of a sustainable future Earth

Our suffering planet looks set on a path of destruction, according to many. But leading thinkers gathered at the World Agroforestry Centre’s annual Science Week see the possibility of a bright, and sustainable, future Earth with secure land...