Category: People and Society

Rob Finlayson

Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program’s regional communications specialist. As well as writing stories for the Centre’s website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization.

agroforest, Indonesia, watershed

Thirty percent forest or 70% agroforest: which will make an Indonesian watershed healthy?

Indonesia’s spatial planning law prescribes 30% of land needs to be set aside as forest for watershed functions. But this number was originally based on melting snow in Europe. Will it lead to healthy watersheds in the tropics?...

Required: Smallholder farmer transition through links with private sector

An estimated 500 million smallholder farmers in the developing world produce the majority of food for the earth’s public citizens. Yet these farmers are not in the public sector; rather, they are part of the private sector—like private...

Ryan Tulusan, Bantuanon, Lantapan, Philippines, shows flood extent in the rainy season

Seeing and hearing farmers through photos and videos

Using photos in focus groups and a video baseline survey puts faces to the once-anonymous ‘stakeholders’ of a project. They give a more personal dimension to all the figures and statistics and help show what farmers really need...

Farmers designing agroforestry systems

Trees help farmers adapt to climate change

With trees, farmers have a source of food, fuel and timber for consumption or income during climate extremes   By Regine Evangelista   ‘There is nothing we can do’. With resignation and a hint of despair, this is...

Positive action on gender supports sustainable development

“Women produce up to three-quarters of the food crops grown in West and Central Africa, and their actions, for better or for worse, affect natural resources, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and ultimately shape the trajectory towards sustainable development....

The CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014 and Living Data competition

The year 2014 marks an historic opportunity to communicate the importance of research on sustainable agriculture to people involved in the policy processes on climate change and development. An online competition is intended to spark wide interest The...