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Kate Langford

Kate Langford is a consultant writer with close to 20 years’ experience in communicating natural resource, environmental and land management issues for various government and non-government organizations. She previously worked as Communications Specialist for the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya and has worked in Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication.

Wild fruit tree shows promise for reclaiming drought and salt affected environments and improving food security

Cultivation of the wild indigenous fruit tree, Dobera glabra, could help to achieve greater food security in dry regions of Ethiopia. Dobera glabra has great potential as an agroforestry species in dry areas due to its ability to...

Celebrating conservation agriculture with trees

The 20th anniversary of the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management program in the Philippines was celebrated with a workshop and farmers’ field day hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre at joint field sites in Claveria, Misamis Oriental...

Facing the challenges of the Greater Mekong Sub-region

With a growing population greater than the United States, the Greater Mekong Sub-Region is under enormous pressure caused by over-use of natural resources. The World Agroforestry Centre and Chiang Mai University have joined together to help find solutions...

The almost-forgotten Philippine peatlands and their global role

Despite the recognized importance of peatlands by the global scientific community, the Philippines is still in the early stages of identifying, measuring and understanding peatlands. Dr Rodel D. Lasco of the World Agroforestry Centre and colleagues investigated their...

Why reducing deforestation is not like the usual kind of Russian dolls

Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from land uses requires coordinated actions locally, nationally and globally. The ‘nesting’ of institutions needed to do this are assumed to be something like a series of identical but ever-smaller Russian dolls. There are other...

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Estimating the value of depleting the Earth’s natural capital

Services provided by ecosystems that are worth up to USD 20.2 trillion per year have been lost since 1997. These estimates are conservative, say Robert Costanza and colleagues     Ecosystems provide a range of services that are...

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...