Category: SD1-Systems Science

Catalyzing adoption of trees for food security in southern Africa: Some lessons from eastern Africa

The importance of trees to farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa cannot be overstated. Challenges of soil degradation, low use of inputs like inorganic fertilizers, population pressure, poor agricultural practices and climate change have negatively impacted on food security...

Beating Famine Conference seeks a bold vision for Southern Africa

More than 400 participants from 38 countries are gathered in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on the opening day of the Beating Famine Southern Africa conference, a four-day event that is tackling the region’s widespread crisis of land degradation. “What...

Beating Famine conference tackles food insecurity in Southern Africa

Large tracts of Southern Africa are in the grips of a land degradation crisis that has shaken the foundations of food security in the region. The situation is precarious, but not insurmountable. By widely adopting low-cost and sustainable...

How many trees for a chocolate fix?

By Ake Mamo and Philippe Vaast   ‘Chocolate has begun a journey from being very loved and very common, like beer, to being very loved and a good deal less common, like Bordeaux.”  said Mark Shatzker of Bloomberg,...

Jeldu Landscape, Ethiopia

One small change of words – a giant leap in effectiveness!

One small change of words is a giant leap in the effectiveness of agricultural research and development. The race is on to find sustainable ways of producing enough food to feed the world over the next three to...

World’s largest reforestation scheme fails to protect natural forests and threatens more

China’s Sloping Land Conversion Program had high ideals but a new study has shown that while it has increased the amount of tree cover it has failed to protect natural forests, say De Li Zhai, Jian Chu Xu,...