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At launch, the Wangari Maathai Foundation unveils major project for environment and society

Hundreds of friends, partners and supporters joined the family of Kenya’s celebrated environmentalist and Africa’s first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in launching the Wangari Maathai Foundation, on 11 March 2016. The colourful event at the...

Innovative finance for innovative landscapes

Innovative finance is needed to protect the ecosystem services that Indonesia provides to its people and the planet. Innovative landscape management must match that finance, explained Director-General Tony Simons at a forum in Jakarta   ‘In the past...

One tree, many trunks: ASEAN, national governments and smallholders (Part 2)

The new global agenda has one goal: a sustainable Earth. The contribution of agroforestry in achieving this was discussed in detail at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week, led by Dr Meine van Noordwijk (see part 1) as part of the...

Serving society: forestry and people

People-centred forestry is at the heart of ensuring future generations inherit a sustainable Earth. Agroforestry can be its local expression.   Ms Yuliatin, a community forestry leader from Jember in Indonesia, brought a grass-roots perspective to the opening...

Growing hope with trees: farmers’ learning groups in Buol, Indonesia

Farmers in the district of Buol in Central Sulawesi Province have formed learning groups to better understand tree management to improve their livelihoods in the face of climate change.   By Dienda Citasyari Putri Hendrawan   ‘We don’t...

Growing an agroforested future at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week

Agroforestry is of increasing importance within forestry realms. Trees on farms enhance forest functions, provide local livelihoods and support ecosystem services. The World Agroforestry Centre will be explaining more at the Week.   The Food and Agriculture Organization...

Success in thirsty Sumba a challenge for researchers

Dryland tropical agroforestry is a little-researched area that is likely to be increasingly in demand as climate patterns change. Researchers on the island of Sumba in Indonesia are working hard and fast to meet the challenges.   Sumba’s...

Power in balance: encouraging news about gender from Southern Sulawesi

Researchers in Sulawesi, Indonesia are sounding a rare note of optimism in the usually dreary accounting of gender relations: women’s situations aren’t so bad in communities they studied in southern Sulawesi.   According to the researchers, although men...

Indonesia’s Kajang indigenous community achieves land rights

The Kajang indigenous people of Bulukumba, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia have finally overcome the long impasse over recognition of their customary land.   After several years of meetings, consultations and regulatory proceedings, the council plenary meeting of the...

Of Trees and Banks

by Catherine Ky-Dembele and Ake Mamo In the drylands of Mali, adoption of tree based food banks is creating big impressions in farmers’ lives. When we think of food security, it is specters of food shortage and bags...

Coffee-based agroforestry: a new way to increase farmers’ income in Hulu Lambuya Forest in Southeast Sulawesi

Farmers in Indonesia are learning how to grow coffee to improve their livelihoods and ensure their household needs. By Hendra Gunawan and Endri Martini A few years ago, a mixed orchard based on coffee trees was hard to...