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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 over 30 years of work experience in Africa with a focus on trees, youth, HIV, families, and communication for social change. She holds a graduate certificate in agroforestry from the University of Missouri.

‘Income that surpasses the waiting’: in dire need of trees, Malawi tries woodlots, bees, bamboo

Success in rejuvenating land through forest-based enterprises has had dramatic outcomes for farmers. In the late afternoon in the highlands of Malawi, the air is chilly as the sun descends. But the welcome is warm. A group of...

ASEAN Guidelines for Agroforestry Development set to revolutionize land use in Southeast Asia

    The endorsement of the Guidelines by the region’s ministers of agriculture and forestry paves the way for implementation to restore degraded landscapes, improve food security and livelihoods, enhance farmers’ resilience and meet nationally determined contributions to...

Wealthy women and a healthy nation through high-quality coffee

Women in Uganda’s Mt. Elgon region are producing some of the best quality coffee in the country and are rising to an export challenge.

Options for trees on farms in Kalimantan, Indonesia

  Researchers are exploring existing systems that mix trees with rice, oil palm and other species on both mineral and peat soils so as to understand how farmers can increase biodiversity Growing more trees on agricultural land can...

Agroforestry could make agriculture emissions-neutral by 2050

At a defining conference centred around the forthcoming ASEAN Guidelines for Agroforestry Development, participants heard that integrating more trees into farming systems will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help farmers adapt to climate change.   Agroforestry is a...

How to grow a bamboo industry

The Indonesian bamboo industry is underdeveloped and missing opportunities. More support is needed.

Silviculture can improve farmers’ incomes

Two new studies reveal the importance of silviculture for increasing farmers’ incomes in Java and East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Planting timber in agricultural systems is a common practice in Indonesia. Farmers often cultivate timber together with other crops...

Cracking the candlenut challenge

Candlenut in West and East Nusa Tenggara provinces in Indonesia can potentially provide additional income for farmers but post-harvest handling is necessary.   If you visit the Indonesian provinces of West or East Nusa Tenggara (collectively called Nusa...

SHARED knowledge to promote sustainable woodfuel

Workshops in Tanzania to better understand the context of woodfuel (charcoal and firewood) systems and plan for sustainable interventions brought together communities, governments, NGOs and businesses in three regions. We have just returned from Tanzania where we witnessed...

Lack of knowledge may impede economic potential

Farmers in Java and Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia lack information on teak cultivation and non-timber forest products, leaving them with inadequate skills to improve their livelihoods.   Aside from irrigated rice, horticulture and plantation crops, both timber and non-timber forest...

Gubernorial Regulation promulgated on green economic growth in South Sumatra, Indonesia

South Sumatra Province continues pushing green-growth planning, aiming for sustainable development, with support from the World Agroforestry Centre South Sumatra Gubernorial Regulation No. 21/2017 on a Master Plan for Green Economic Growth  was officially promulgated on 30 May...

Mekong Expert Group on Agroforestry

A new network of agroforestry experts is forming in the Mekong region to share knowledge about agroforestry for food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and land restoration. The establishment of the Expert Group is timely, coming as the...

ASEAN foresters need closer integration

Representatives of several ASEAN member states agreed that closer integration of community forestry across the region would help to improve farmers’ livelihoods, trade and environmental management. The representatives from Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam discussed the achievements and...