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How research can improve people’s lives: An interview with Mary Njenga

By Arsene, Ahijah, Hubert, Inna, Mélodie and Sabrina (students at Lycée Denis Diderot, Nairobi). On 21 March 2014, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) researcher Mary Njenga visited Lycée Denis Diderot (LDD), the French School in Nairobi, and gave a...

Can agroforestry and livestock-keeping support each other to build climate change resilience?

Planting trees and livestock-keeping might well go hand-in-hand in helping farmers both mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Livestock are often adapted to relatively marginal environments and can diversify rural production, promoting climate resilience. At the same...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mechanization perhaps not all it’s cracked up to be

Agricultural mechanization has led to labour efficiency and higher levels of production in many developed countries, but attempts to mechanically process njansang nuts in a Cameroonian village has met with mixed results. Scientists testing a prototype kernel extraction...

Can agroforestry provide a win-win for climate mitigation and adaptation in Africa?

The challenge of increasing food production in Africa to meet the needs of a growing population is immense, especially when this has to be achieved on soils that are already depleted of their fertility, amid changes in climate...