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Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program's regional communications specialist. As well as writing stories for the Centre's website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization.

Sharing innovations in climate-smart agriculture

  Representatives from Indonesia, Philippines and Viet Nam met to share innovations developed during the Climate-Smart, Tree-based, Co-investment in Adaptation and Mitigation in Asia project ‘Climate change is one of the biggest challenges to achieving the Sustainable Development...

People matter for peat

Better management of Indonesia’s vast peatlands, some of the biggest and most efficient carbon stores on the planet, which have been extensively degraded, means working with the people who make their living from them.

Green Growth in Indonesia meets the Bonn Challenge

At the First Asia Bonn Challenge High-level Meeting in Palembang, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia’s first Masterplan for Renewable Resources-Driven Green Growth was launched thanks to the technical support of the World Agroforestry Centre. Hosted by Governor of South...

How to be sustainable: work together

At least one regional research-in-development project in Southeast Asia has found that working together is the best way to ensure a sustainable future. Sustainability is a major challenge not only for the planet but also for research-in-development projects...

Buol Government in Indonesia begins its own farmers’ learning groups

The success of the Smart Tree-Invest project’s farmers’ learning groups caught the eye of Indonesia’s Buol District Agricultural Office. They have now begun to fund and replicate the approach themselves.   By Dienda CP Hendrawan   In early...

Helping rice farmers grow trees for adapting to climate change

  Trees in, and around, rice fields help farmers’ become more resilient to climate change, improve their incomes and protect the environment. A new practical manual helps guide farmers in Southeast Asia, the rice bowl of the world....

The namesake returns to Sandalwood Island

The eponymous tree is being replanted on Indonesia’s Sandalwood Island, now known as Sumba, by farmers trained by the World Agroforestry Centre A group of farmers gathered at the home of Elton Ndohang in Kanatang Village, East Sumba,...

Why pay for a weather forecast if it’s free online?

Did you check the weather forecast for today? Did you do it on your phone? In Viet Nam, over 95% of farmers in Dien Bien and Ha Tinh provinces watch weather forecasts on TV. However, these forecasts are...

Unblocking bioenergy a huge challenge for Indonesia

Unclear policies and weak markets are stopping bioenergy supply meeting its target but focusing on local demand might be the doorway to success. ‘In terms of technology, bioenergy can be developed almost anywhere in Indonesia’, said Ingrid Öborn,...

Indonesian district government funds replication of ICRAF approaches

The Government of Buol District, Indonesia, has committed to replicate three activities of the Smart Tree-Invest project run by ICRAF with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The activities include farmers’ learning groups that run under...

Huge potential for non-timber forest products in Viet Nam

Products from forests in Viet Nam aren’t well developed. Nor has their potential to help fight climate change been fully realized. Now researchers and government are working together to change this. The high value of non-timber forest products...

Trees for food security in Eastern Africa

The potential of the right trees as eco-efficient options for farmers is demonstrated through the work of projects such as the ICRAF led multi-partner effort known as the Trees for Food Security Project (T4FS). T4FS targeted two key agro-ecologies: highland humid and lowland semiarid areas in Ethiopia and Rwanda, eventually scaling out lessons learned to similar agro-ecologies in Burundi and Uganda. The aim was to demonstrate evidence and select the most appropriate options for thirty thousand farmers across representative contexts in the rural regions where an estimated 10 million people are facing acute food insecurity.