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Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program's regional communications specialist. As well as writing stories for the Centre's website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization.

How to be sustainable: work together

At least one regional research-in-development project in Southeast Asia has found that working together is the best way to ensure a sustainable future. Sustainability is a major challenge not only for the planet but also for research-in-development projects...

Helping rice farmers grow trees for adapting to climate change

  Trees in, and around, rice fields help farmers’ become more resilient to climate change, improve their incomes and protect the environment. A new practical manual helps guide farmers in Southeast Asia, the rice bowl of the world....

International Women’s Day 2017: Women in the Changing World of Work

International Women’s Day is observed on March 8 every year to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. For more than 100 years, countries around the world have observed this day in various ways in recognition of...

Gender in agriculture: creating opportunities for women

By the year 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow to 9 billion. To meet this increasing demand for food, agricultural productivity must be sustainably improved. The Sustainable Development Goal no. 2 on agriculture, food security and nutrition demonstrates...

The last drop is what makes the cup run over

  Floods hit Central Viet Nam: what can we learn? Researchers in the climate-smart village program are working with farmers to protect them and their farms from extreme weather.   By Le Thi Tam and Elisabeth Simelton  ...

The role of agroforestry in climate-change adaptation in Southeast Asia

The ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Experts argue that agroforestry can help make the region’s millions of smallholding farmers more resilient and secure food supply....

A new hope for agroforestry in Myanmar

The Government of Myanmar is enthusiastic about the role of agroforestry in the future of the newly-democratic nation   Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a newly democratic country. Centuries before, this country was rich in culture, natural resources and...

Alex Oduor and Malesu Maimbo, water engineers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), talk with Khat farmers in Embu. Khat cultivation is severely impacting water availability yet is lucrative for farmers. Photo D Odhiambo/ICRAF

Resolving the khat conundrum: when a profitable crop has downsides

With European markets closed to the khat grown in one Kenyan county, khat grown in another county is making inroads into coffee, tea and forest. Environmental damage is escalating. Fortunately, researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre have a...

Dr Happiness Osebele, geneticist and mother of five, one of 29 senior plant breeders from around Africa attending the African Plant Breeding Academy in July 2016 at ICRAF. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Catharine Watson

How Happiness is breeding plants for Africa’s future

  Plant breeders are improving food plants and building a more food-secure future for Africa. One has been working at it all her life despite early challenges.   A plant breeder called Happiness spent 17 months trying to...

A talk with the Tala-andig tribe: thoughts on development, deeper engagement and mutual respect

Research and development aim to benefit communities but how should researchers and indigenous people work together in projects? Here are some thoughts on development, deeper engagement and mutual respect based on discussions between the Tala-andig tribe and ICRAF researchers. It...

Profits, plates and plots: the link between farmers’ diets and their farms

Researchers have found that smallholders participating in a payments for ecosystem services (PES) scheme in Cidanau Watershed, Indonesia had more diverse diets than farmers who weren’t participating. Food security, however, is still an issue for the watershed so...

Success factors for land and water management in Africa

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]t present, large expanses of land in rural Africa are degraded as a result of over extraction of trees for timber, firewood and charcoal. The problem is exacerbated by poor crop and animal husbandry practices, such as growing...

More important than ever to work together to influence agricultural and forestry policies to feed and protect the planet

With the world already feeling the impact of climate change, feeding a future population of 9 billion while also keeping trees in landscapes to soak up carbon and provide many other benefits is a huge challenge best met...

Cambodia and Myanmar call for more help to develop agroforestry

Senior representatives of the governments of Cambodia and Myanmar have called on the World Agroforestry Centre to support development of agroforestry in their countries.   At a meeting of senior forestry, environment and agriculture delegates from member states...