Research history of the World Agroforestry Centre Southeast Asia program 1993–2013

A new book that outlines the Southeast Asia’s research history of the last 20 years and showcases each country’s research highlights of the last two years, has been published as part of the Centre’s anniversary celebrations, says Robert...

Indonesia celebrates the 20th anniversary of the World Agroforestry Centre Southeast Asia program

To commemorate the Southeast Asia program’s 20th anniversary, the headquarters in Indonesia shared stories and experience between staff and partners and launched three important books, says Robert Finlayson   This year, 2013, the World Agroforestry Centre’s Southeast Asia...

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...

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...

China’s giant hunger is changing the world

The world has never seen a phenomenon like China’s current consumption of resources. Even though the world’s most populous nation is following an ‘ordinary’ trajectory for an industrialising country, it is the very size of its population that...

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...

Africa’s ecosystem-services schemes face many challenges

Supporters of payments-for-ecosystem-services’ schemes in Africa should reconsider the use of strict financial approaches and look to co-investment, says Leony Aurora   Schemes that commodify the services provided by an ecosystem—such as clean air and water, landscape beauty...

Unpacking the evidence on firewood and charcoal in Africa

Woodfuel meets around a tenth of the world’s energy demand, with its users overwhelmingly found in sub-Saharan Africa. Here, nine out of ten people—around 760  million individuals—rely on firewood and charcoal as their primary source of energy for...

Wake up now to make agriculture sustainable

“The world needs a paradigm shift in agricultural development … to an ‘ecological intensification’ approach,” states the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013 released yesterday (18 September 2013) in Geneva. “The required transformation is much more profound than...

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