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.

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...

African logs for China

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...

Synoptic information, hard evidence and good practice are critical to managing transboundary watersheds and resources in Africa. Photo courtesy of US Army Africa.

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...

Adapting agriculture to climate change will take a whole-system approach. Photo courtesy of 37˚C

Nitrogen-fixation in Niger, Tanzanian migrations and a missing Botswanian breed

Nitrogen-fixing trees in Niger, weather-induced migration of Tanzanian farmers and a missing cattle breed in Botswana might seem an unlikely combination. But when it comes to adapting agriculture to climate change, they just happen to have something in...