Category: SD1-Systems Science

Cathy Watson

Cathy Watson

Cathy Watson is chief of programme development at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi. Before joining ICRAF in November 2012, she founded and ran two NGOs in Uganda -- Straight Talk Foundation and Mvule Trust. She was made a senior Ashoka fellow for social entrepreneurship in 2006. She has also been a foreign correspondent, working for The Guardian and the BBC, among others. A graduate in biology and Latin American Studies from Princeton, she has almost 30 years of work experience in Africa with a focus on trees, youth, HIV, families, and communication for social change. She holds a certificate in agroforestry from the University of Missouri.

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...