Category: Africa – Central

Kate Langford

Kate Langford

Kate Langford is a consultant writer with close to 20 years’ experience in communicating natural resource, environmental and land management issues for various government and non-government organizations. She previously worked as Communications Specialist for the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya and has worked in Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication.

Looking out over tea fields to the Mau Forest. Photo courtesy of BBC World Service: One Planet via Flik.  http://bit.ly/1jM61cW

Kenya’s southwest Mau and Vietnam’s highland regions set to become models in sustainable landscape management

  A new initiative launched on 28 February 2014 will be carry out projects in Kenya and Vietnam, projects whose success could serve as an example for integrated and sustainable land and water management for productive landscapes. The...

Alice Mukamana (R) and Claudine Uwase adding value to potatoes by washing, grading and packing them at Josephine Mukankusi’s house in Rwanda. Photo by Pascal Habumugisha.

Innovations for organized and profitable produce markets: The Lake Kivu Pilot Learning Site

By Rebecca Selvarajah Two new articles in the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics highlight the role of the ‘Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D)’ approach in Africa. The approach integrates markets and innovation platforms (IPs). FARA,...

Africa, adaptation, climate change, smallholder

Trees on farms help smallholders in sub-Saharan Africa reduce climate-related risks

Evidence shows that agroforests in Africa act as buffers against risks associated with climate change but there are obstacles to widespread adoption, say Rodel Lasco, Jane Delfino, Delia Catacutan, Elisabeth Simelton and Dave Wilson   Stresses on traditional...

A farmer intercrops Gliricidia with maize. In Malawi this has been shown to improve water filtration and water use efficiency. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre

Agroforestry can be a long-term solution to closing Africa’s food gap

A viable option to avoid over dependence on fertilizers and pesticides in closing the yield gap in Africa is to ensure agricultural intensification occurs through natural and resource-conserving approaches such as agroforestry, say scientists in a special issue...

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Complexity lives at the tree–people–planet interface

In their editorial review for a special edition of the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Mark Stafford Smith of CSIRO and Cheikh Mbow of World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) give compelling examples of the complex challenges the agroforestry...