Category: Asia

Sander Van de Moortel

Sander Van de Moortel

After obtaining his master’s degree in linguistics and, later, journalism, Sander Van de Moortel chose to  leave his native Belgium for more adventurous lands. After a stint as a product manager for a German IT firm, he landed in China in 2011 after taking a wrong turn on a bike trip through Viet Nam.

Comfortably trapped in Yunnan by his linguistic ambitions and his somewhat complicated relationship with China, Van de Moortel has been responsible for communications at the World Agroforestry Centre’s East and Central Asia office, and is now assisting the communications unit in the Southeast Asia office. His research is almost exclusively focussed on exploring Southeast Asia’s colourful patchwork by bicycle.

Ha Tinh, farmer, livestock, annual crop, trees

Viet Nam governments invest in Smart Trees

Local government agencies in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces are fully supportive of more trees on farms to help farmers adapt to climate change   On 11–14 March 2015, the regional project team from Bogor, Indonesia visited...

cocoa, tree, cacao, farmer, planting, Bohol, Philippines

Why aren’t farmers growing more trees?

Researchers in the Philippines found that farmers’ recognition of services provided by trees is an important but insufficient prerequisite for agroforestry adoption. More education is needed.   By Christine Marie D. Habito and Nina Astrid Fenger   Do...

livestock fodder, bedding, firewood, Nepal

Can Nepal’s food security really be improved through modelling?

Scientists have developed a computer model for Nepal that shows income from different agricultural scenarios or market policies. But modelling is still not properly recognised   By Rachmat Mulia and Betha Lusiana   In January 2015 in Kathmandu,...

swidden, Philippines

Less swidden agriculture in Southeast Asia: effects on livelihoods and ecosystems

Scientists are analysing the transition from swidden agriculture to other land uses and how this affects farmers’ livelihoods and services provided by ecosystems   Part 1 of the changing story of swidden agriculture. Read parts 2 and 3...

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