Category: Africa – Eastern

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...

Bag of Frankincense at Spice Souk. Photo by Liz Lawley via Wikimedia Commons

‘Tis the season for frankincense, a suitable restoration tree for the Horn of Africa

There’s one more reason to be jolly this season: the frankincense tree—source of one of the precious gifts of the Magi in the Christmas story—is being called “a suitable tree species for use in dryland restoration under a...

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...

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Fresh water, the reward of land restoration, flows in Ethiopia’s dry zone

Success stories of how land restoration has transformed landscapes and livelihoods in four watersheds of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia Fresh water — its availability or lack thereof— is a powerful signal of the health of an ecosystem. On a...

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Research cuts a potential new path to faster, cheaper tropical forest restoration: Thinning

A common way to restore a degraded forest is to plant seedlings and nurture these into full trees. Indeed, to most people restoration and tree-planting (with native species) are virtually synonymous. Planting and nurturing tree seedlings over a...

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...