Category: Africa-West

Rodrigo Ciannella

Rodrigo Ciannella

Rodrigo Ciannella is Programme Officer–Biofuels, at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). He has more than seven years of global professional experience based in Brazil, Italy, India and Kenya, spanning from the private financial sector to the international development arena, including with FAO, IFAD and the CGIAR. Working at ICRAF for the last four years, he contributed to the design and management of a USD 3.5 million multi-stakeholder project that promotes alternative bioenergy sources for improving livelihoods in Asia, Latin America and Africa. He is an economist with an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Croton nuts have been shown to contain high concentrations of oil and can be used to produce a fuel that could serve as an alternative to diesel.

Bioenergy and sustainability in Latin America and Africa: bridging the gaps through South–South learning

A group of 50 bioenergy experts from around the world met between 31 October and 2 November 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil to discuss the challenges and opportunities for developing sustainable bioenergy in Latin America and Africa. I...

View of the room during the opening plenary. Photo by IISD

Put Soils First, African Soil Seminar concludes

For three days, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) was abuzz with stakeholders concerned about the state and fate of Africa’s soils. Over 150 government, UN and NGO officials, researchers, agricultural technology providers and human rights advocates were attending...

Ethiopia, Tigray region, Kola District.  Photo by Andrea Borgarello/TerraAfrica

What will it take to restore 100 million hectares of land in Africa?

Never before in the history of mankind have we been challenged to shape our own survival —Wanjira Mathai The challenge is massive, but so is the promise. Healing 100 million hectares of degraded and deforested land in Africa...

Dr Happiness Osebele, geneticist and mother of five, one of 29 senior plant breeders from around Africa attending the African Plant Breeding Academy in July 2016 at ICRAF. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Catharine Watson

How Happiness is breeding plants for Africa’s future

  Plant breeders are improving food plants and building a more food-secure future for Africa. One has been working at it all her life despite early challenges.   A plant breeder called Happiness spent 17 months trying to...

The shea tree. Inset: Dr Sam Gwali of the National Agricultural Research Organization, Uganda. Photos by C. Watson/ICRAF

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...

Sprinkler irrigation-in Ghana. Photo by Nana Kofi-Acquah/IWMI

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...