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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...

The banyan tree, Ficus benghalensis in Hawaii. Photo ©Mike Shanahan

Fig trees throw down a lifeline to a healthier planet

Fig trees were here when dinosaurs first roamed the planet. And today, just as they did 80 million years ago, Ficus species continue to bring nourishment, shade, water and numerous other gifts to people and plants. What’s more,...

Serving society: forestry and people

People-centred forestry is at the heart of ensuring future generations inherit a sustainable Earth. Agroforestry can be its local expression.   Ms Yuliatin, a community forestry leader from Jember in Indonesia, brought a grass-roots perspective to the opening...

Growing an agroforested future at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week

Agroforestry is of increasing importance within forestry realms. Trees on farms enhance forest functions, provide local livelihoods and support ecosystem services. The World Agroforestry Centre will be explaining more at the Week.   The Food and Agriculture Organization...

Delia C. Catacutan (left) and Nguyen Thi Thanh An

Australian support for agroforestry development in Viet Nam

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research is working with ICRAF to test new agroforestry systems in Northwest Viet Nam, explains Nguyen Thi Thanh An   The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has a mission to...

The CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014 and Living Data competition

The year 2014 marks an historic opportunity to communicate the importance of research on sustainable agriculture to people involved in the policy processes on climate change and development. An online competition is intended to spark wide interest The...

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...

Ecosystems need strong legal frameworks

Legally binding planning at multiple levels, from local to central governments, will help ensure continued protection and improvement of ecosystem services, says Leony Aurora   ‘If it’s not statutory, you’re wasting your time. No one is going to...