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Policy dialogue on social forestry in Southeast Asia: investing in a sustainable future for people and forests

‘Forestry is not about trees, it is about people. And it is about trees only insofar as trees can serve the needs of people.’ Jack Westoby   Key messages from the policy dialogue In order to ensure that...

Community bylaws improve landscape management

Experience from Uganda shows that when villages and districts create regulations to manage forests and restoration, benefits flow.   Through collective awareness of land-management challenges at the grassroots level, governments and others are effectively coerced to make policy...

Forest fashion, food and music wows Congress delegates: a photostory

Demonstrating that forests are more than then the sum of their trees, indigenous forest-dwellers showcased high-end fashion, food and orchestral prowess to the delight and edification of World Forestry Congress delegates. A story told in pictures…    ...

Unlocking the potential of sustainable agroforestry practices: Farmers meet ICRAF staff at agricultural fair

It’s a bright morning on Wednesday 24 June, 2015 and the four-day Agricultural Society of Kenya (A.S.K) Show in Machakos has just began. This is arguably the most popular agricultural and trade exhibition in the semi-arid region of...

Meet the Rainwater Champions – Stories from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda

Rainwater harvesting and water buffering comes in many forms. For example, rainwater harvesting ponds catch and store rainwater; 3R techniques (Recharge, Retention and Re-use of water) increase the level of water in the soil; and sand dams retain...

Mars and ICRAF: Illuminating the ‘dark box’ of agroforestry

David and Molly Achiando stand among a panoply of trees on their farm. “When it is dry, I have shade,” says Molly, listing the services and products that the trees provide. “I can now give fruit to the...

Getting a picture of when nature isn’t a friend to farmers

Using photographs, farmers in central Viet Nam explain the challenges they have faced from extreme weather   Natural disasters brought about by extreme weather have caused numerous losses in the central coastal region’s steep terrain transected by short...

Agroforestry is vital to the ASEAN economic community

Facing an uncertain future, the millions of farmers who feed the 617 million people of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations need more support to secure and agroforest their landscapes in the face of climate change and rapid...

Agroforestry among ‘100 Under $100’ tools for women’s empowerment

In her new book ‘100 Under $100’, Betsy Teutsch rounds up a hundred innovative yet affordable tools and practices that can make a huge difference in the lives of poor women in low-income countries. Agroforestry is among these...

Easier and faster processing of njansang heralds opportunities for local development

Ricinodendron heudelotii, locally known as Njansang (or njansa), is a forest tree found in Cameroon and other countries along Africa’s tropical belt. Women and children traditionally collect njansang fruit in the forest and undertake the labourious, time-intensive job...

Field visit, Doan Ket village, Son La, Northwest Viet Nam Photo Tran Phong

New coordinated research initiative launched in Viet Nam

The Humidtropics’ Research for Development Platform for Northwest Viet Nam will help focus national and world attention on the region to address major challenges   The Humidtropics’ Research for Development (R4D) Platform in the Northwest of Viet Nam...

Fertilizer tree options for farmers

It has been proven that certain trees on farm can boost crop productivity when grown in combination with annual crops. These trees improve the soil’s condition, can offer food (fruit, nuts, vegetables), fodder for animals, and  fuel wood....

The gender imperative in food security

When it comes to putting food on tables across Africa, women do the majority of the work. But all too often women are left on the sidelines of projects and programs that are meant to improve food security....

Beating Famine Conference seeks a bold vision for Southern Africa

More than 400 participants from 38 countries are gathered in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on the opening day of the Beating Famine Southern Africa conference, a four-day event that is tackling the region’s widespread crisis of land degradation. “What...