Category: SD4-Land health decisions

Keith Shepherd

Keith Shepherd

Keith D. Shepherd is Principal Soil Scientist and Leader of the Science Domain on Land Health Decisions at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya; and co-leads Information Systems in the Research Programme on Water, Land & Ecosystems of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

A CIFOR scientist take soil samples in a recently burned area outside Palangkaraya, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Aulia Erlangga/ CIFOR

The Soil Scientists’ Lament

December 5th has been declared World Soil Day by the UN General Assembly, and this year it will mark the conclusion of the International Year of Soils, which is intended to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. For...

Failed maize crop. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Amy Lumban Gaol

Maize farmers convert to agroforestry

Farmers in Gorontalo, Indonesia are turning to agroforestry as a solution to the increasingly long dry seasons that have devastated their maize crops. New techniques are being taught by the World Agroforestry Centre.   By Amy Lumban Gaol...

Mwala-soil

Shining a light below the surface: digital soil maps support decision making

A healthy soil is one that can deliver the benefits, or ecosystem services, that we all depend on. Until recently, limited knowledge about soil health and degradation has been standing in the way of effective policies and interventions....

HE Mr Sudirman Said, Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia, at the Renewable. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Bioenergy boosted through international agreement in Bali

A partnership for developing sustainable bioenergy in Indonesia has been formalised between the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the World Agroforestry Centre.   His Excellency Mr Sudirman Said, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the...

Food Waste. Photo courtesy of FAO/John Isaac

Why food waste is a concern for tropical forest conservation

Does wasting food lead to the loss of tropical forests? Though not obvious at first glance, researchers say clear links exist between food loss and wastage, and deforestation. This is because clearing intact forests to produce both commodity...

Smallholders are important suppliers of biofuel products in Indonesia. Photo World Agroforestry Centre/Noviana Khususiyah

Bioenergy for Indonesia means improving smallholders’ livelihoods and maintaining the environment

If Indonesia is to achieve its target of 23% renewable energy, of which 10% should come from bioenergy, by 2025, the nation must simultaneously improve policies, embrace smallholders to improve their livelihoods and maintain the services provided by...