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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...

The potential of agroforestry to enhance Land Degradation Neutrality: case study from Tanzania

Researchers highlight how the ngitili agroforestry system aids land restoration, in a new publication for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Planting trees on a stony hill: a story with pictures

Researchers in Indonesia have produced an illustrated book to help farmers better understand research results   The illustrated story book, Menanam pohon di bukit batu (Planting trees on a stony hill), was produced to help spread knowledge of...

Free community labour: critical to Ethiopia’s drive to restore land and improve livelihoods

  Farmers and pastoralists have contributed countless hours of labour across Ethiopia’s vast and varied landscapes through an under-recognized program   By Emily Sigman*   Farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia have provided huge amounts of time and labour,...

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...

Sharing the knowledge from Mỹ Lợi climate-smart village in Việt Nam

  The adoption of climate-smart agriculture in Việt Nam is underway through knowledge-sharing events.   Farmers, agricultural extension officers and local leaders from Quảng Bình Province, Việt Nam came to Mỹ Lợi Village to learn about climate-smart agriculture...

How much carbon dioxide is emitted from smallholders’ farms on peatland?

Smallholders clear forests on peat swamps for their farms, emitting considerable amounts of greenhouse gases. But how much? Scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre went for a walk to find out.   Walking on Indonesian peat that has...

Bhutan and Nepal learn more about agroforestry in Vietnam

Government officers from the two mountainous countries visited highly successful agroforestry sites in Northwest Vietnam that are restoring degraded sloping land and improving farmers’ incomes.

How to grow a bamboo industry

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

Peru’s integrated approach to nationally determined contributions can boost agroforestry’s role in fighting climate change

Agroforestry’s ability to produce multiple benefits can make it a key feature of Peru’s innovative and multi-sectoral approach to NDCs. What is needed to fully harness it?   Climate action is increasingly a country-led and country-driven process. Through...

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...