First ‘fruit tree portfolios’ established in Kenya, in a novel approach to improved year-round nutrition

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) researchers have launched a novel approach to tackle the problem of micronutrient deficiencies, also known as ‘hidden hunger.’ The fruit tree portfolio approach involves cultivating a set of fruit trees on farms, which is carefully...

Unlocking the potential of sustainable agroforestry practices: Farmers meet ICRAF staff at agricultural fair

It’s a bright morning on Wednesday 24 June, 2015 and the four-day Agricultural Society of Kenya (A.S.K) Show in Machakos has just began. This is arguably the most popular agricultural and trade exhibition in the semi-arid region of...

Mars and ICRAF: Illuminating the ‘dark box’ of agroforestry

David and Molly Achiando stand among a panoply of trees on their farm. “When it is dry, I have shade,” says Molly, listing the services and products that the trees provide. “I can now give fruit to the...

New report says forests and trees could be major factor in efforts to end global hunger

A billion people worldwide depend on forests and trees for balanced diets and sustainable incomes. About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger, with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. Forests and...

Easier and faster processing of njansang heralds opportunities for local development

Ricinodendron heudelotii, locally known as Njansang (or njansa), is a forest tree found in Cameroon and other countries along Africa’s tropical belt. Women and children traditionally collect njansang fruit in the forest and undertake the labourious, time-intensive job...

agroforestry trial, Northwest Viet Nam

Agroforests set to replace monocrops in Northwest Viet Nam

Land degradation owing to monocropping is the main reason for reduced agricultural productivity in Northwest Viet Nam. But after four years of agroforestry research, results show positive signs for farmers.   Monocropping of annuals—such as maize, rice and...

Crop failure, drought, Philippines

Leading scientist warns of impacts of climate change in Asia

Natural ecosystems are set to change dramatically in Asia and humans will not escape the consequences, warns Rodel D. Lasco of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change   ‘Practically every spot on the Earth has warmed,’ said Dr...

Delia C. Catacutan (left) and Nguyen Thi Thanh An

Australian support for agroforestry development in Viet Nam

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research is working with ICRAF to test new agroforestry systems in Northwest Viet Nam, explains Nguyen Thi Thanh An   The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has a mission to...

tree domestication, grafting, AFLI, Viet Nam

Viet Nam needs a tree-domestication strategy

Despite extensive forest restoration since the wars, quality remains low and indigenous species are underutilised. A comprehensive national strategy would speed increases in timber supply, farmers’ livelihoods, biodiversity and environmental security.   Over the last 25 years, planted...

A national agroforestry policy is an imperative for Viet Nam

Despite clear evidence of agroforestry’s potential to address environmental degradation, food insecurity and poverty, there is no national agroforestry policy in Viet Nam. One is sorely needed, say researchers   Numerous agroforestry systems have been tested in Viet...

Farmer, Thai, tree management, Northwest Viet Nam, Mai Thanh Tu

Farmers in Viet Nam committed to developing agroforestry systems

Despite challenges, farmers in the northwest of Viet Nam are persisting with agroforestry trials to claim the long-term benefits   Spending time taking care of their young agroforestry systems is one of the challenges faced by farmers in...

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...

Avoiding hunger gaps with fruit tree portfolios in Kenya

Growing just six fruit tree species on farms in Machakos, Kenya could supply vitamin-rich fruits to farming families for the whole year. Many farming households in Eastern Kenya suffer from ‘hunger periods’, when food is very scarce, and...

Thai, farmer, women, female, Son La, crop selection, Viet Nam, Vietnam, AFLI

What happens when farmers are involved in research?

Farmers’ participation in research will increase their ownership of results and motivation to change their agricultural system for long-term benefits, according to researchers in Viet Nam   Farmers working with scientists in three provinces in Northwest Viet Nam...

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