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Agroforestry World Blog

Brushing up charcoal’s image

You cannot handle charcoal without getting your hands dirty. Similarly, the charcoal value chain in sub-Saharan Africa, a multi-million dollar enterprise, has all the makings of a dirty business. In many countries, powerful cartels control the trade in...

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…    ...

In Côte d’Ivoire, PES project protects river and restores biodiversity on cocoa land

Agroforestry and pygmy hippos rarely go together but are tightly entwined along the Hana River in southwest Côte d’Ivoire. For the last two years, a payment for ecosystem services project funded by the German government has incentivized cocoa...

The right tree for the right place: vegetationmap4africa v2 includes smartphone app

Tree enthusiasts on the move can now identify species as they go, and at the same time gain a deeper understanding of their natural environment, thanks to a new version of vegetationmap4africa (www.vegetationmap4africa.org). The new version of the...

LUMENS lights the way to a green economy

A new participatory land-use planning method being trialled in Indonesia promises to deliver the groundwork for a ‘green’ economy Indonesia has set an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by up to 41% by 2020, as stated in...

Village Forest licenses in Indonesia: what are they really for?

While the new Government of Indonesia is keen to promote community-based forest management, World Agroforestry Centre researchers working in villages granted the licenses have found confusion and frustration over purpose, beneficiaries and support   The Government of Indonesia...

More transfer of knowledge needed South–South

Tropical forest countries at the World Forestry Congress call for greater cooperation to share experience between farmers, advisors and governments   ‘We are all talking about how to transfer knowledge from scientists and government to farmers’, summarised Dr...

New research platform faces challenges

A Research for Development Platform can be a powerful mechanism to bring different people together to solve problems and produce more inclusive, demand-driven research. But experience in Thailand and Viet Nam reveals many challenges.   There are three...

How indigenous are you?

Indigenous people have been granted rights to forests in a recent court ruling in Indonesia. But defining who is indigenous and who isn’t remains contentious.   In May 2013, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia ruled in favour of...

Can trees help Vietnamese farmers escape poverty?

Tree products can provide significant income for many households when annual crops or livestock aren’t profitable, according to research in Bac Kan Province in Northeastern Viet Nam.   By Rachmat Mulia and Hoan Trong Do   Compared to...