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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.

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...

Agricultural innovation in the mountains: a new direction

  The Mountain Futures Innovation Platform in Yunnan, China is a new way to better understand upland landscapes for sustainable development.   The Mountain Futures Innovation Platform was inaugurated on 11 January 2019 by World Agroforestry and the...

We can forecast weather and prepare our farm better

  ‘When the mountain turns pink, with the clouds rising along its top, and the goats eat more, it will rain.’   By Tran Ha My, Elisabeth Simelton, Le Thi Tam   For thousands of years, the farmers...

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...

Operationalizing the Agroforestry Strategy and Plan for Rwanda

  Agroforestry will help the country meet its land-restoration targets.    Rwanda was the first African country to declare a target for land restoration, aiming for 2 million hectares by 2030, equivalent to 76% of its total land...

In Andhra Pradesh, World Agroforestry dives deep into the science of Zero-Budget Natural Farming

  Zero-budget natural farming (ZBNF) is reported to be followed by 8% of farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India, making it probably the world’s most successful natural farming approach. “Adoption rates elsewhere of nature-friendly agriculture rarely exceed 1%,” says...

The Tamale Declaration: a regreening plan for northern Ghana

  An international workshop has called for an integrated plan to regreen the region.   The climax of the international workshop held late November 2018 in Tamale, the capital of Ghana’s Northern Region, was when the nearly 60...

REDD+ and the Sustainable Development Goals: the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo

The rainforest nation is taking steps to improve links between the two mechanisms. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the world’s second-largest rainforest nation, with about 150 million hectares of forests, equivalent to almost 70% of the...

Successful farmer-managed natural regeneration in Ghana: a case study

  A community in Ghana have taken only five years to restore their forest and are already enjoying the benefits.   Samuel Abasiba of World Vision Ghana defines farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) as “a low-cost land restoration technique...

Call to action: more trees to restore landscapes and improve livelihoods in northern Ghana

“There is an urgent need in northern Ghana for metro, municipal and district assemblies, NGOs and civil society organizations to act immediately to address issues such as land tenure, bush fires, indiscriminate tree cutting, and a lack of...

How will the Philippines measure the success of its flagship reforestation program?

  The participation of public and private entities is a crucial element in developing a monitoring and evaluation framework that includes the issues of all relevant sectors at national and sub-national levels. The Enhanced National Greening Program was...

A Green Climate Fund program that all Philippine sectors can call their own

  Non-governmental organizations reviewed the proposed Philippine program of the Green Climate Fund and shared their climate priorities.   In the past few months, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Philippines in partnership with the Climate Change Commission and...