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Mekong Group grows support for agroforestry in ASEAN

  The Mekong Expert Group on Agroforestry has members from government and civil society committed to support the development of agroforestry in ASEAN member states   The Mekong Expert Group on Agroforestry for Food and Nutrition Security, Sustainable...

The significance of planted teak for smallholders

  Teak is one of the most sought-after hardwoods in the world. A substantial amount is grown by smallholders in Latin America, Africa and Asia, who need help to improve production.   James M. Roshetko and Aulia Perdana of...

ASEAN foresters need closer integration

Representatives of several ASEAN member states agreed that closer integration of community forestry across the region would help to improve farmers’ livelihoods, trade and environmental management. The representatives from Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam discussed the achievements and...

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...

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,...

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...

Mangrove forest management: lessons from Thailand

Mangrove forest conservation and restoration needs the participation of everyone involved, particularly local communities, for success. Favourable policies and legal frameworks are fundamentally important to support local involvement.   By Nguyen Tien Hai   From 16 to 20...

New research platform faces challenges

A Research for Development Platform can be a powerful mechanism to bring different people together to solve problems and produce more inclusive, demand-driven research. But experience in Thailand and Viet Nam reveals many challenges.   There are three...

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...

Dr Prasit Wangpakapattanawong (l) and Associate Professor Doctor Sermkiat Jomjunyong

Vice-president of Chiang Mai University calls for integrated research in the Greater Mekong Sub-region

There are manifold problems facing the hundreds of millions of people who rely on the Mekong River and its watersheds. Dealing with the problems starts with coordinated research   Associate Professor Doctor Sermkiat Jomjunyong, the vice-president for research...