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Agronomist Carlos Mario uses his expertise in soil management and crop production to help farmers in Costa Rica protect the environment. Photo: Starbucks

The business of landscapes

If the scientists themselves cannot work out what a landscape is, what hope do businesses have? Well, quite a lot, actually. In fact, there are many examples of big business engaging with local actors on a landscape scale,...

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ASEAN needs an agroforestry policy

There is a critical need for an integrated agroforestry strategy for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that encourages member states to promulgate agroforestry policies that achieve food security, alleviate poverty, create climate-resilient agricultural systems and sustainable, social...

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At the heart of carbon is my forest

A new guide for carbon-forestry projects explains why communities are at the heart of successful schemes, says David M. Wilson   The efficacy of carbon-forestry schemes is being debated as part of worldwide experiments with ways to slow...

John Kangong of Riba RRC training a women's group on soil fertility management

Adopters? Rejectors? Or Key Partners?: Cameroon’s Rural Resource Centres offer a farmer-centred approach to extension work

Concern about the environment and sustainable management of natural resources alone does not motivate farmers to adopt new agricultural practices. Then what does? Studies conclude that communication between farmers, agronomists, extension agencies and scientists is crucial. Takoutsing et...

Tithonia diversifolia on Thika Highway in Nairobi. Photo: ICRAF

Grow your own pesticidal plants

Active ingredients found in wild flowers, trees and bramble have been used for millennia to control pests and diseases. Different parts of the plants are processed into decoctions or applied directly to crops or livestock, protecting them from...