Fresh water, the reward of land restoration, flows in Ethiopia’s dry zone

Success stories of how land restoration has transformed landscapes and livelihoods in four watersheds of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia Fresh water — its availability or lack thereof— is a powerful signal of the health of an ecosystem. On a...

Research cuts a potential new path to faster, cheaper tropical forest restoration: Thinning

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] common way to restore a degraded forest is to plant seedlings and nurture these into full trees. Indeed, to most people restoration and tree-planting (with native species) are virtually synonymous. Planting and nurturing tree seedlings over a...

Alex Oduor and Malesu Maimbo, water engineers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), talk with Khat farmers in Embu. Khat cultivation is severely impacting water availability yet is lucrative for farmers. Photo D Odhiambo/ICRAF

Resolving the khat conundrum: when a profitable crop has downsides

With European markets closed to the khat grown in one Kenyan county, khat grown in another county is making inroads into coffee, tea and forest. Environmental damage is escalating. Fortunately, researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre have a...

Seeing swidden

Swidden aka shifting cultivation has long been criticised as an unsustainable agricultural practice in Southeast Asia. Research is revealing its complexities and benefits   Swiddening, that is, the practice of clearing forest for annual crops and then managing...

Kolaka Timur District moves to adopt agroforestry

A district government in Southeast Sulawesi Province, Indonesia plans to integrate agroforestry and associated methodologies into its medium-term development plan.   The Government of Kolaka Timur District in Southeast Sulawesi Province has embraced sustainable agriculture and agroforestry for...

Government asks International Fund for Agricultural Development to continue support for agroforestry

The District Government of Buol in Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia wants continued international support for a project led by the World Agroforestry Centre that helps with sustainable agricultural development based on agroforestry   Amiruddin Rauf, the head of...

Another local government decides to support agroforestry

The government of Buol District in Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia has committed to working closely with the World Agroforestry Centre to support the district’s agricultural development program.   Amiruddin Rauf, the head of Buol District, recently declared his...

Despite a project’s closure, Sulawesi governments promise to encourage agroforestry

Government representatives in South and Southeast Sulawesi provinces in Indonesia have agreed to sustain the work of an integrated agroforestry–environment–governance project beyond its end.     Agroforestry and Forestry in Sulawesi: Linking Knowledge to Action (AgFor) is funded...

Agroforestry having an impact on farmers in eastern Indonesia

Farmers in the dry eastern islands of Indonesia are enjoying the fruits of a project that set out to improve their livelihoods. Tony Bartlett of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research reports on the successes so far....

Agroforests expanding across landscapes in Northwest Viet Nam

After five years, the proven benefits of agroforestry have inspired farmers to expand from plots to entire landscapes.   By Nguyen Anh Thu and Tran Ha My   A project in the harsh environment of Northwest Viet Nam,...

Jeneponto District strategises to create sustainable livelihoods and conserve the environment

Jeneponto in the province of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, has officially begun to implement a sustainable livelihoods and conservation strategy that was facilitated by the Agroforestry and Forestry in Sulawesi project.   The launch of the strategy was marked...

Growing hope with trees: farmers’ learning groups in Buol, Indonesia

Farmers in the district of Buol in Central Sulawesi Province have formed learning groups to better understand tree management to improve their livelihoods in the face of climate change.   By Dienda Citasyari Putri Hendrawan   ‘We don’t...

Making the most of mangroves

The overlooked potential of a mangrove palm, Nypa fruticans, is beginning to get the attention researchers think it deserves. It was recently showcased at the Bali Clean Energy Forum.   ‘Nypa is very productive as ethanol feedstock’, said...

Bioenergy can bring clean power to remote areas of Indonesia

Areas of the archipelagic nation are under-serviced by public energy suppliers. Tree-based bioenergy offers the chance to not only provide power but also a source of livelihoods to these remote communities that is also environmentally friendly.   The...

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