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Model shows human impact on threatened tree species and their adaptability to climate change

Potential distribution of endangered forest tree species in the Philippines is largely determined by anthropogenic variables, that is, human activity. These species also respond differently to climate change: some might benefit while others lose habitat.   Alfie Torres,...

Using science to support the development of climate-smart agriculture in East Africa

The connection between food security and climate change cannot be understated. Governments, development organizations and scientists are teaming up to search for solutions to address this challenge. In the process, the concept of climate-smart agriculture has emerged as...

Agroforestry among Kenyan farmers’ tactics for climate change adaptation

Greenpeace Africa recently released a comprehensive report providing insights into ways in which Kenyan smallholder farmers are adapting to climate change and building climate resilience. The report presents case studies under four main themes: diversity, water, soils and...

Stronger collaboration for co-investment in ecosystem services

Management of watersheds needs coordinated efforts by local government, farmers and businesses. In Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, a working group has been established to ensure that ecosystem services are maintained for all.   Watershed management is a complex process...

Farms with trees and crops recover quicker from natural disasters

New evidence shows that having trees on farms helps farmers be more resilient to most types of natural disasters. But to support farmers making the gradual change to more trees, land-use planners themselves need support.   Although tree-based...

First ‘fruit tree portfolios’ established in Kenya, in a novel approach to improved year-round nutrition

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) researchers have launched a novel approach to tackle the problem of micronutrient deficiencies, also known as ‘hidden hunger.’ The fruit tree portfolio approach involves cultivating a set of fruit trees on farms, which is carefully...

The hills are coming to life

For agroforesters, there is nothing more refreshing than seeing a hill covered with trees interplanted with crops. For agroforesters concerned with livelihoods, health and nutrition, there is nothing sweeter than seeing a hill covered with fruit trees and...

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...

She who makes the rules wins!

In a paper just out in the journal Ecology and Society, a new unified theory of empowerment reveals what is needed for local communities to become the future forest managers in Kenya. The key is to devolve the...

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...

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Building farmers’ capacity more effectively and inclusively

Building farmers’ capacity is common in the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics to support innovation and expansion. Monitoring results in the Central Mekong action area has suggested ways of increasing its effectiveness.  ...