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Cathy Watson

Cathy Watson is chief of programme development at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi. Before joining ICRAF in November 2012, she founded and ran two NGOs in Uganda -- Straight Talk Foundation and Mvule Trust. She was made a senior Ashoka fellow for social entrepreneurship in 2006. She has also been a foreign correspondent, working for The Guardian and the BBC, among others. A graduate in biology and Latin American Studies from Princeton, she has over 30 years of work experience in Africa with a focus on trees, youth, HIV, families, and communication for social change. She holds a graduate certificate in agroforestry from the University of Missouri.

‘Income that surpasses the waiting’: in dire need of trees, Malawi tries woodlots, bees, bamboo

Success in rejuvenating land through forest-based enterprises has had dramatic outcomes for farmers. In the late afternoon in the highlands of Malawi, the air is chilly as the sun descends. But the welcome is warm. A group of...

ASEAN Guidelines for Agroforestry Development set to revolutionize land use in Southeast Asia

    The endorsement of the Guidelines by the region’s ministers of agriculture and forestry paves the way for implementation to restore degraded landscapes, improve food security and livelihoods, enhance farmers’ resilience and meet nationally determined contributions to...

Challenging gender norms around trees and land restoration in West Africa: can research be transformative?

Trees are important sources of income for many women in the drylands of West Africa, yet women often have little say in decisions about how land and trees are managed or how household income is used. This story...

The Tamale Declaration: a regreening plan for northern Ghana

  An international workshop has called for an integrated plan to regreen the region.   The climax of the international workshop held late November 2018 in Tamale, the capital of Ghana’s Northern Region, was when the nearly 60...

Call to action: more trees to restore landscapes and improve livelihoods in northern Ghana

“There is an urgent need in northern Ghana for metro, municipal and district assemblies, NGOs and civil society organizations to act immediately to address issues such as land tenure, bush fires, indiscriminate tree cutting, and a lack of...

Uganda’s biodiversity plan: challenges and ambitions

  By Chetan Kumar, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)   Uganda and other developing nations explain the challenges of meeting global targets for biodiversity, at the Fourteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the...

The potential of agroforestry to enhance Land Degradation Neutrality: case study from Tanzania

Researchers highlight how the ngitili agroforestry system aids land restoration, in a new publication for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Wealthy women and a healthy nation through high-quality coffee

Women in Uganda’s Mt. Elgon region are producing some of the best quality coffee in the country and are rising to an export challenge.

Refining honey production through investing in bee houses

  Farmers in Uganda are learning new ways of managing their bees, avoiding conflict and making more money thanks to the help of an ‘innovation platform’   “When we decided to build a bee house, fellow community members...

Planting trees on a stony hill: a story with pictures

Researchers in Indonesia have produced an illustrated book to help farmers better understand research results   The illustrated story book, Menanam pohon di bukit batu (Planting trees on a stony hill), was produced to help spread knowledge of...

Free community labour: critical to Ethiopia’s drive to restore land and improve livelihoods

  Farmers and pastoralists have contributed countless hours of labour across Ethiopia’s vast and varied landscapes through an under-recognized program   By Emily Sigman*   Farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia have provided huge amounts of time and labour,...

Land restoration in Africa builds momentum

Hundreds of delegates from across Africa and the world met recently at the Global Landscapes Forum in Nairobi, intent on working together to help restore land. During 29–30 August 2018, delegates from governments, donor agencies, development organizations, research...