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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...

Agroforestry at 40: how tree-farm science has changed the world

“Agroforestry” – the practice of having trees as part of farms – is as old as agriculture itself. But as a field of scientific enquiry and policy making, it’s now marking its 40th birthday.

Agroforestry at 40: The institutional evolution of World Agroforestry in research, development, policy and delivery

The institutional evolution of World Agroforestry for the two thousand and tens decade is a combined outcome of sound planning and serendipity.

Kenyan value chains are crucial for regreening efforts

  Researchers show development of value chains is important for restoring degraded land in Kenya. Development of value chains is a key driver for successful implementation of regreening efforts and market access, say researchers from World Agroforestry and...

Using the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework to assess land health in Rwanda

By Dorcas Sanginga Regreening Africa’s Land Degradation Dynamics component, spearheaded by Leigh Winowiecki, soil systems scientist, and Tor-Gunnar Vågen, geoinformatics senior scientist, recently conducted Field Training and Field Survey: Biophysical Soil and Land Health Assessment using the Land...

Beating Famine turns its attention to the Sahel

Land is being restored in Africa’s dry Sahel region to ensure food security The semi-arid region known as the Sahel stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea between the Sahara Desert and the Sudanian Savannah. Most...

Humanitarians struggle to address environment: ‘It’s nice but it’s not crucial’

  With growing stress on natural resources, emergency workers have begun to examine their interventions. Environmental mismanagement can be fatal. Focusing on approaches that are built on the Sustainable Development Goals and with the assistance of organizations, like...

Árboles en Finca: un cambio para la biodiversidad en Honduras

    6 de noviembre de 2018. El objetivo de nuestro nuevo proyecto Árboles en Finca es identificar y apoyar enfoques innovadores para integrar a los árboles en los paisajes agrícolas. Especialmente, en los países tropicales en desarrollo...

Trees on farms in Honduras: a chance for biodiversity

  Among the cattle ranches, mountainous natural forests and smallholdings of Catacamas, Honduras, researcher Yves Zinngrebe encounters farmers with both large and small holdings who are interested in the Trees on Farms for Biodiversity project and its transformative...

Mekong Expert Group on Agroforestry: impact on ASEAN

  The Group brought together experts from ASEAN and beyond to provide critical input to key regional guiding documents   The Mekong Expert Group on Agroforestry for Food and Nutrition Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Land Restoration was formed in early...