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Land restoration in Africa builds momentum

Hundreds of delegates from across Africa and the world met recently at the Global Landscapes Forum in Nairobi, intent on working together to help restore land. During 29–30 August 2018, delegates from governments, donor agencies, development organizations, research...

We need a revolution in land management, says ICRAF’s Tony Simons

This blog was first published on the website of Landscape News NAIROBI (Landscape News) — Tony Simons is director general of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), which is based in Nairobi. At this year’s Global Landscapes Forum in...

Breeding success: Bunmi Olasanmi and the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy

  Growing a food-secure future for Africa is the aim of the University of California at Davis African Plant Breeding Academy. Bunmi Olasanmi is the first in a series of success stories.   By Bunmi Olasanmi   I...

Promoting early-maturing, oil-rich shea trees and holding off the charcoal threat

In Europe and the US, shea butter or oil is a famous skin cream. But shea is even more important as the main cooking oil for the band of 21 African countries that stretches West to East from...

Success factors for land and water management in Africa

At present, large expanses of land in rural Africa are degraded as a result of over extraction of trees for timber, firewood and charcoal. The problem is exacerbated by poor crop and animal husbandry practices, such as growing...

Rainfall: a new way to look at trees for climate mitigation

A side event at the UN climate change conference now underway in Paris (COP21) urged a new, easier-to-understand way to discuss trees and climate change mitigation: Rainfall. Rainfall made through evapotranspiration from plant matter cools the air around,...

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...

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 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....

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...