Category: Africa – Eastern

Rebecca Selvarajah

Rebecca Selvarajah

Rebecca is a science writer, manager of publishing projects, trainer in science writing, and novelist — working partly from Nairobi, Kenya and partly from Morwell, Australia. With over 15 years of experience in writing, advertising/marketing, publishing and social media, she takes on varied assignments, travelling, if needed, to conduct relevant research and interviews. Originally from Sri Lanka, Rebecca holds a BA honours in Psychology, with minors in Gender Studies and Sociology. Email Rebecca on r.selvarajah@cgiar.org

Extension services the key to better adoption of soil erosion control technologies by smallholders?

Extension services the key to better adoption of soil erosion control technologies by smallholders?

Extension support could catalyse the adoption of soil erosion control technologies by farmers, say Barungi et al in a study published in The Journal of Sustainable Development. Low productivity caused by soil erosion is a big challenge for...

Photographer Elisabeth Simelton, donkeys, Malawi, Botswana

Is rainfall really changing? Farmers’ perceptions, meteorological data and the problem of saying ‘climate change’ in Chichewa and Setswana

For farmers to successfully adapt to changes in rainfall, the roles of farmers’ perceptions and semantic challenges should not be underestimated, say Elisabeth Simelton, Claire Quinn, Nnyaladzi Batisani, Andrew Dougill, Jen Dyer, Evan Fraser, David Mkwambisi, Susannah Sallu...

Does policy in Cameroon discourage smallholder tree planting?

Does policy in Cameroon discourage smallholder tree planting?

Although most national government policies in Cameroon address tree planting and agroforestry, actual legislation designed to follow up the policies mostly contradicts poverty reduction goals, say Divine Foundjem-Tita, Zac Tchoundjeu, Stijn Speelman, Marijke D’Haese, Ann Degrande, Ebenezer Asaah,...

UK Environment Minister Richard Benyon visits ICRAF Hq

UK Environment Minister Richard Benyon visits ICRAF Hq

During a visit to the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) headquarters in Nairobi on 19 February 2013, UK Environment Minister Hon. Richard Benyon said agroforestry had many beneficial spillover effects. “You are providing [agricultural] practitioners with the ability to...

Who is importing African timber to China and what might this mean for sustainability?

Recent research by the Centre’s East Asia Node together with Forest Trends, an NGO, suggests that most import of timber to China from Africa is done by a relatively small number of geographically clustered firms. This may provide...

Rivers without borders – transforming the way we manage shared watersheds

Pictures speak a thousand words and they can help better manage water resources across Africa’s political borders. This is what Ravi Prabhu, Deputy Director General – Research for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) told the audience during the...