Category: Africa – Eastern

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.

Drawing water in Africa

Africa’s ecosystem-services schemes face many challenges

Supporters of payments-for-ecosystem-services’ schemes in Africa should reconsider the use of strict financial approaches and look to co-investment, says Leony Aurora   Schemes that commodify the services provided by an ecosystem—such as clean air and water, landscape beauty...

Charcoal sellers in Mozambique.World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Archives

Unpacking the evidence on firewood and charcoal in Africa

Woodfuel meets around a tenth of the world’s energy demand, with its users overwhelmingly found in sub-Saharan Africa. Here, nine out of ten people—around 760  million individuals—rely on firewood and charcoal as their primary source of energy for...

UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013

Wake up now to make agriculture sustainable

“The world needs a paradigm shift in agricultural development … to an ‘ecological intensification’ approach,” states the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013 released yesterday (18 September 2013) in Geneva. “The required transformation is much more profound than...

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United for soil health

Combating land degradation and building soil health needs a holistic approach that brings scientific findings together with the knowledge held by farmers. For instance, to judge soil health, scientists typically analyse it for organic matter content, levels of...

Decoding ancient wisdom for effective management of natural resources

Decoding ancient wisdom for effective management of natural resources

Trees and forests held as sacred by indigenous communities are now being associated with important water conservation functions. According to Mowo et al, this suggests that communities were aware that these resources contributed to their well-being, and scientific...

Biodegradable (centre) and polythene seedling bags (L&R). Photo by SherryOdeyo/ICRAF

Biodegradable seedling bags could grow stronger trees, but can they replace polythene?

Grandma was right to raise her tree seedlings in that broken old gourd; this biodegradable container helped her saplings establish more successfully on the farm. A new article in the journal Small-scale Forestry confirms the superiority of biodegradable...