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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...

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...

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...

Wealthy women and a healthy nation through high-quality coffee

Women in Uganda’s Mt. Elgon region are producing some of the best quality coffee in the country and are rising to an export challenge.

Refining honey production through investing in bee houses

  Farmers in Uganda are learning new ways of managing their bees, avoiding conflict and making more money thanks to the help of an ‘innovation platform’   “When we decided to build a bee house, fellow community members...

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...

Strengthening agricultural research in Kenya

    High-level conference prioritizes research to transform the country’s agriculture The Inaugural High Panel Conference on Agricultural Research in Kenya took place at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) on 13 September 2018. The conference brought together people...