Category: Laos

Rob Finlayson

Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program's regional communications specialist and currently interim head of communications global. In his role as regional communications specialist, as well as writing stories for the Centre's website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the four countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization. As interim head of communications, Rob manages communications staff in Latin America, Africa and Asia and is overseeing implementation of ICRAF's Global Communications Group restructure.

Farmers in a rice-and-agroforestry landscape in Indonesia. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre

Helping rice farmers grow trees for adapting to climate change

  Trees in, and around, rice fields help farmers’ become more resilient to climate change, improve their incomes and protect the environment. A new practical manual helps guide farmers in Southeast Asia, the rice bowl of the world....

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...

Dao woman and child harvesting vegetables in Yen Bai, Viet Nam. Photo by Lisa Hiwasaki/ICRAF

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...

Gathering fruit in Laos. Photo: Neil Palmer (IWMI)

Agroforestry offers sustainable alternative to worrying trend in Mekong region

A shift towards monoculture plantations and higher chemical use is of great concern to many in the Mekong region, particularly due to the impact this is having on food security and health. Farmers who have resisted monoculture cropping,...

Possible useful species for restoration in rubber plantations. Photo by Francis Commercon

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...

researchers, systematic review of long-fallow swidden systems in Southeast Asia, SEARCA, seminar

‘Is it good or bad?’ Challenging views about swidden agriculture

Swidden agriculture is often viewed as a highly destructive practice. However, researchers have found that swidden may offer benefits to both resource-poor farmers and the global community.     Part 3 of the changing story of swidden. Read...