Category: Africa-North

Women in a maize field. Photo: ICRAF

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....

Aisha Karanja and Wanjira Mathai of the Green Belt Movement plant a tree at the ICRAF Campus, 4 March, 2015. Photo by D. Odhiambo/ICRAF

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...

Heterogeneous humid tropical landscape of Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo By Degi Harja Asmara

“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...

Baobab fruit in Kilifi, Kenya, in 2014. Photo by Ake Mamo/ICRAF

Characterizing baobab, the nutritious African ‘Tree of Life’

Descriptor list of Baobab will help to increase the domestication, cultivation and use of the products of the African baobab for improving nutrition and enhancing livelihoods A new publication,  ‘Descriptors for Baobab,’ opens the way for accelerated and...

Women collecting vegetable shoots from their garden in northern Benin. Along with the vegetables is maize plots surrounded by shea and acacia trees.  Photo by Grace B Villamor/ICRAF

Approaching climate-smart agriculture from a perspective of systems

The world’s population is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050. For some countries, this will double. FAO estimates that global agricultural production will have to increase by 60% to meet increased demand, driven by population growth and...