Dr Rob Cramb, SEARCA, Agriculture and Development Seminar

The past, present and future of swidden agriculture

Swidden practices have often been viewed as highly destructive and only used by poor, upland farmers. However, that perception is changing as the practice itself changes.   Part 2 of the changing story of swidden agriculture. Read parts...

oil palm, seedlings, Sulawesi, Photo Nichola Mitakda

Indonesian agriculture isn’t as ‘green’ as planned

Indonesia’s agricultural policies aim to reduce the environmental footprint but actions are incomplete, creating a gap between aspirations and reality   Indonesia has embraced sustainable agriculture through a variety of national strategies, such as National Agenda 21, national...

Rapid, low-cost technologies generate high-value soils information for planners and farmers

By Keith Shepherd A big, risky decision for smallholder farmers is what type and how much fertilizer to apply to their crops. There is lot of uncertainty about how the crops will respond, with a risk that the...

Field visit, Doan Ket village, Son La, Northwest Viet Nam Photo Tran Phong

New coordinated research initiative launched in Viet Nam

The Humidtropics’ Research for Development Platform for Northwest Viet Nam will help focus national and world attention on the region to address major challenges   The Humidtropics’ Research for Development (R4D) Platform in the Northwest of Viet Nam...

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...

The twin promise of food and bioenergy security in Africa

People everywhere have needs that exceed the basics of food and shelter. They seek fulfillment and happiness and a better future for their children. Farmers seek better yields for less labour, and better nutrition for less cash. All...

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...

The winning combination for scaling up sustainable intensification in farming

Around the world, farmers are conservative by nature, and with very good reason. A rich farmer who makes a serious mistake risks losing his farm to the bank. A smallholder risks much worse: famine for her children. Anyone...

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 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...

pineapple plantation Bukidnon Philippines

Healthy watersheds need everyone’s help, agrees International Fund for Agricultural Development

Everyone with an interest in a watershed has to be involved for its protection to be effective. Deceptively simple, this finding from the Philippines is now being globally promoted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development   From...

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