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Don’t trade away the climate

Trade, environment and development featured on the agenda at the just concluded UN climate talks held in Paris. The convention talked of ensuring global benefits at lowest possible costs. Climate policies influence how trade is conducted among countries,...

Holistic adaptation needed for smallholders in the Philippines

Smallholding farmers in the Philippines notice climate change and its impacts on their farming systems, however, their adaptive capacities are not yet fully maximized. There is, thus, a need to holistically develop their capacities.   Researchers have found...

Reaching the ‘how’ of landscape restoration: experts from ICRAF, IUCN discuss in Paris

As climate negotiators wrangled in Paris towards the historic agreement this December, scientists and policy makers elsewhere in the city were equally fixated on landscapes and how to restore them. Landscape restoration locks up carbon in the soil...

Hosing down hype but not burying hope

Ten years ago there were high hopes that an oil-bearing tree or shrub could be part of the answer to the world’s quest for biofuel. By now the ‘hype’ has almost been forgotten. As in most of these...

Trees for wood energy and land restoration

True or false?: Extraction of wood energy is a threat to forested landscapes. Extraction of wood energy is an opportunity for forested landscapes. That was the opening statement at a discussion forum on sustainable wood energy at the...

Private companies partner with small producers to create sustainable supply chains of the future

Leveraging their buying power and financial resources, companies are working to create the sustainable supply chains we need in a changing climate. Ones in which farmers and companies prosper together. Where farmers will produce more using ecologically sound...

Partnering to scale-up climate-smart agriculture in Africa

Blog originally published on the website of the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change and Food Security (CCAFS) Coordinated by the World Farmers’ Organisation in collaboration with the UNFCCC Secretariat, Farmers Day marked on 2 December 2015 brought together farming...

With trees on farms, climate-change mitigation is a co-benefit of broader socioeconomic gains

In a ‘Letter to the Editor’ published in the Guardian Development Blog, Professor Roger Leakey urges a closer look at agroforestry’s potential as a pathway for both mitigating climate change and fighting hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Leakey, who...

ICRAF Statement to the UNFCCC COP21 High Level Session, Paris, December 2015

Here is the Statement from International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) to the UNFCCC COP21 High Level Session, Paris, December 2015 Delivered on Tuesday, 8 December 2015, by ICRAF Director General Prof  Anthony Simons We are pleased...

Rainfall: a new way to look at trees for climate mitigation

A side event at the UN climate change conference now underway in Paris (COP21) urged a new, easier-to-understand way to discuss trees and climate change mitigation: Rainfall. Rainfall made through evapotranspiration from plant matter cools the air around,...

“It’s time to stop talking and start acting” : Agroecological farming for people and the planet

Back in 2009, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) issued a clarion call for a deep reform of agriculture globally. “Business as usual is not an option,” the comprehensive, evidence-based global series...

Farming worms for climate-smart agriculture in Vietnam

Twenty-three farmers from My Loi village in Viet Nam were recently trained in vermiculture—raising worms on farms to produce fertilizer and improve soil. Vermicomposting will help the farmers improve one of their priority ‘climate-smart agriculture’ interventions—home gardens. Inspired...

ICRAF/IASS Conference on Bioenergy and Development: Statement of the co-chairs

Statement of the Co-Chairs Conference on Bioenergy and Development The Investment Case for Sustainable Production Systems 19 – 20 October 2015, Berlin, Germany Less than a month after the endorsement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at...

Farmer master chefs reveal the colourful diversity of food

A cooking competition was held in Ky Son Commune, north-central Vietnam, with 27 male farmers. The competition was organized by the World Agroforestry Centre Vietnam and partners to raise awareness of climate-smart agriculture.   Gordon Ramsey had better...