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Beyond eucalyptus woodlots: what’s on the agroforestry menu for communities around Virunga?

The technical guide is an essential tool for extension efforts promoting rural development and the protection of the environment or land, who are interested in promoting agroforestry in North Kivu province. The technical manual (in French the Guide technique d’agroforesterie pour la selection et la gestion des arbres au Nord-Kivu) helps people to select and manage trees in the area around the Park.

‘De-risk’ the wood energy sector to unleash green growth

With population growth and urbanization, the demand for energy from trees is growing rapidly around the world. This demand presents a golden opportunity for wood energy be a force for energy security, sustainable development and greener economies. But...

More transfer of knowledge needed South–South

Tropical forest countries at the World Forestry Congress call for greater cooperation to share experience between farmers, advisors and governments   ‘We are all talking about how to transfer knowledge from scientists and government to farmers’, summarised Dr...

New study shows that tree dieback affects the climate change mitigation potential of a dry afromontane forest in northern Ethiopia

Tropical forests play a critical role in climate change mitigation by balancing atmospheric carbon fluxes. However, dry forests are susceptible to dieback under conditions of increased temperature and extreme climatic events such as drought, which affects their potential...

Easier and faster processing of njansang heralds opportunities for local development

Ricinodendron heudelotii, locally known as Njansang (or njansa), is a forest tree found in Cameroon and other countries along Africa’s tropical belt. Women and children traditionally collect njansang fruit in the forest and undertake the labourious, time-intensive job...

Rapid, low-cost technologies generate high-value soils information for planners and farmers

By Keith Shepherd A big, risky decision for smallholder farmers is what type and how much fertilizer to apply to their crops. There is lot of uncertainty about how the crops will respond, with a risk that the...

The twin promise of food and bioenergy security in Africa

People everywhere have needs that exceed the basics of food and shelter. They seek fulfillment and happiness and a better future for their children. Farmers seek better yields for less labour, and better nutrition for less cash. All...

The winning combination for scaling up sustainable intensification in farming

Around the world, farmers are conservative by nature, and with very good reason. A rich farmer who makes a serious mistake risks losing his farm to the bank. A smallholder risks much worse: famine for her children. Anyone...

The gender imperative in food security

When it comes to putting food on tables across Africa, women do the majority of the work. But all too often women are left on the sidelines of projects and programs that are meant to improve food security....

Empowering farmers with knowledge and skills changes lives

To visit with Cameroonian farmer Louis-Marie Atangana is to witness first hand how farmers’ empowerment with knowledge and skills can change lives and landscapes. Until 4 years ago Atangana, 45, was a cassava farmer struggling to feed his...

Empower Women for a Sustainable Africa: 2015 Africa Environment Day/ Wangari Maathai Day

“You do not need a diploma to plant a tree.” This was Professor Wangari Maathai’s smart response to people who were questioning her decision to train illiterate rural women on how to grow and nurture trees. To celebrate...

“Shallow” private-sector engagement a major concern for integrated landscape initiatives

Integrated landscape initiatives in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa are investing heavily in institutional planning and coordination, but they have had mixed results engaging different stakeholder groups, especially the private sector. This key stakeholder group was almost...