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Co-investing in landscapes with Smart Tree-Invest

A new project will study co-investment by farmers, business and government in the environment and agriculture for mitigating and adapting to climate change, say Amy Cruz and Tess Beyer     An inception meeting for the Climate-Smart, Tree-Based,...

ASEAN needs an agroforestry policy

There is a critical need for an integrated agroforestry strategy for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that encourages member states to promulgate agroforestry policies that achieve food security, alleviate poverty, create climate-resilient agricultural systems and sustainable, social...

New evidence proves diverse forests control erosion

Scientists in China have used a new method to tease apart the causes of erosion in a landscape. The results show that diverse forests reduce erosion dramatically   Researchers at the World Agroforestry Centre’s East and Central Asia...

At the heart of carbon is my forest

A new guide for carbon-forestry projects explains why communities are at the heart of successful schemes, says David M. Wilson   The efficacy of carbon-forestry schemes is being debated as part of worldwide experiments with ways to slow...

Adopters? Rejectors? Or Key Partners?: Cameroon’s Rural Resource Centres offer a farmer-centred approach to extension work

Concern about the environment and sustainable management of natural resources alone does not motivate farmers to adopt new agricultural practices. Then what does? Studies conclude that communication between farmers, agronomists, extension agencies and scientists is crucial. Takoutsing et...

How to approach a landscape

A ‘landscape approach’ to agriculture, forestry and other land uses never reaches its destination, says Peter Minang   ‘We use a landscape approach because there are complex problems facing the management of natural resources’, said Peter Minang, the...

In Memoriam Rev. Delbert Arthur Rice

We have lost a good friend and a remarkable person who was committed to the well-being of the people and landscapes of the Philippines, say Meine van Noordwijk and Grace Villamor   Surrounded by his family and friends,...

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What do farmers really know about climate change?

A new study from the Philippines shows that the coping strategies of farmers are mostly reactive and many tend to do nothing during climate events like La Niña, El Niño, seasonal variations and typhoons. Scientists need to communicate...

Trees, women and men: surprises and new questions

Renewed attention on gender across all of the research agendas of the CGIAR is leading to some surprising and intriguing results, which were presented and discussed at the recent Open Science meeting of the Global Land Project in...

A sweet waterway to food and fuel security

Southeast Asia, which is a world centre of palm biodiversity, can sustainably intensify agriculture through maximizing the full potential of sugar palms as sources of livestock feed and biofuel, according to Craig Jamieson during the First International Agroforestry...

ASAP: Agroforestry Shelterbelts for an Adapting Philippines

Agroforestry systems can form part of an adaptation strategy by reducing erosion and sheltering crops from natural disasters, more so strong winds, according to Craig Jamieson at the First International Agroforestry Congress in Bohol, Philippines, as reported by...

Five tips for producing more food, saving the planet and making more money

Conservation agriculture with trees increases crop yields, builds soil organic matter, improves farmers’ income and strengthens their resilience to environmental stresses. These factors make conservation agriculture more acceptable to smallholder farmers, especially those in hilly areas, says Dr...

Kenya’s southwest Mau and Vietnam’s highland regions set to become models in sustainable landscape management

  A new initiative launched on 28 February 2014 will be carry out projects in Kenya and Vietnam, projects whose success could serve as an example for integrated and sustainable land and water management for productive landscapes. The...