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William Julian

William Julian is Communications Officer for East and Central Asia. William is a published writer and photographer with extensive work experience in China. Prior to joining ICRAF, he was a Princeton in Asia Teaching Fellow at Shihezi University; worked at the Chinese National Climate Center in Beijing; worked on documentary films; and wrote for GlacierHub.org, a Columbia University Earth Institute website. He holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Columbia University.

Agricultural innovation in the mountains: a new direction

  The Mountain Futures Innovation Platform in Yunnan, China is a new way to better understand upland landscapes for sustainable development.   The Mountain Futures Innovation Platform was inaugurated on 11 January 2019 by World Agroforestry and the...

Scientists find fungus with an appetite for plastic in rubbish dump

在此阅读中文版文章 We are producing ever greater amounts of plastic – much of which ends up as garbage. What’s more, because plastic does not break down in the same way as other organic materials, it can persist in the...

Why China should include a gender-perspective in its climate change policies

Women are playing a leading role in coping with and adapting to climate change in the mountainous rural areas of China’s Yunnan province, where disruptions in weather patterns and increasingly extreme events are expected to impact agricultural livelihoods. But while they are assuming more responsibility than men, their voices are mostly excluded from the policy-making processes that affect their daily lives.

Researchers sharing results of discussions at Humidtropics Central Mekong Action Area 2016 planning meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam, November 2015. Photo by Lisa Hiwasaki/ICRAF

Lessons from an integrated systems research program in Central Mekong

A new book offers insights and recommendations to support researchers targeting smallholder farmers with integrated agricultural systems innovations. Innovations for agricultural intensification—for instance adding fruit trees to farms and intercropping—can sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ production. But for greater...

Engaging marginalized groups in the Greater Mekong region through action research

A new publication offers researchers guidelines on how best to engage with marginalized, ethnic-minority farming communities in the Greater Mekong region, so that research innovations reach and benefit their lives and livelihoods. Titled “Guidelines to engage with marginalized...

Save China’s wild bees to safeguard global food supply: New study calls for more trees and fewer chemicals on China’s farms

China has so far avoided the massive losses of bees seen in the West, but the country’s diverse range of native bees face their own set of growing threats. The authors of a new study, titled “Is China’s...

Local knowledge for restoration in a rubber-dominated landscape in SW China

How local communities in SW China are contributing to the design of a restoration program for rubber-dominated landscapes By Francis Commercon The most interesting study sites for a student of conservation biology are often those places where environmental...

learning landscapes, Asia, RUPES

Learning how landscapes work for better livelihoods and ecosystems

The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre and the RUPES project has been maintaining ‘learning landscapes’ for over a decade to discover ways of helping poor smallholders’ improve their...

Humid Tropics communications workshop, Hanoi

A scientist learns to communicate differently

Thailand program coordinator for the World Agroforestry Centre, Prasit Wangpakapattanawong, describes learning different ways to communicate at a Humidtropics workshop   The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. George Bernard Shaw...