Category: Solutions

Cathy Watson

Cathy Watson

Cathy Watson is chief of programme development at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi. Before joining ICRAF in November 2012, she founded and ran two NGOs in Uganda -- Straight Talk Foundation and Mvule Trust. She was made a senior Ashoka fellow for social entrepreneurship in 2006. She has also been a foreign correspondent, working for The Guardian and the BBC, among others. A graduate in biology and Latin American Studies from Princeton, she has almost 30 years of work experience in Africa with a focus on trees, youth, HIV, families, and communication for social change. She holds a certificate in agroforestry from the University of Missouri.

Dr Happiness Osebele, geneticist and mother of five, one of 29 senior plant breeders from around Africa attending the African Plant Breeding Academy in July 2016 at ICRAF. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Catharine Watson

How Happiness is breeding plants for Africa’s future

  Plant breeders are improving food plants and building a more food-secure future for Africa. One has been working at it all her life despite early challenges.   A plant breeder called Happiness spent 17 months trying to...

Datu Migketay of the Tala-andig. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Amy Cruz

A talk with the Tala-andig tribe: thoughts on development, deeper engagement and mutual respect

Research and development aim to benefit communities but how should researchers and indigenous people work together in projects? Here are some thoughts on development, deeper engagement and mutual respect based on discussions between the Tala-andig tribe and ICRAF researchers. It...

Moringa-based agroforestry in Konso, southern Ethiopia is a traditional soil conservation and tree planting practice that can be drawn on for landscape restoration. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/A Gebrekirstos

Reaching the ‘how’ of landscape restoration: experts from ICRAF, IUCN discuss in Paris

As climate negotiators wrangled in Paris towards the historic agreement this December, scientists and policy makers elsewhere in the city were equally fixated on landscapes and how to restore them. Landscape restoration locks up carbon in the soil...

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...

Mrs Asmarani works in her seed nursery, that has recently been awarded with a certificate of acknowledgement by the local government. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Amy Lumban Gaol

Surviving the long dry season in Konawe Selatan with improved farming systems

Farmers in Indonesia are more optimistic about surviving the increasingly long dry seasons thanks to the World Agroforestry Centre improving their understanding of agroforestry and drip irrigation.   By Amy Lumban Gaol   Up until recently, for farmers...

Farmers and agricultural technicians from Lantapan, southern Philippines listen to Dr Mercado explain the different agroforestry systems at the CAWT Center. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Kharmina Paola Anit-Evangelista

More sustainable and climate-smart farms with agroforestry

Farmer leaders and technicians from the agriculture office in the municipality of Lantapan, Philippines are learning about sustainable, tree-based farming that can help them adapt to climate change.   A group of 37 farmer leaders and agricultural technicians...