Starting small, thinking big: seven ingredients that help smart agriculture thrive

  A blog by Kristi Foster Rural farmers in many parts of the world are already using ‘smart’ agricultural practices like intercropping, agroforestry and rainwater harvesting. But what if those practices benefitted the livelihoods and landscapes of millions...

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CGIAR brings people together to conserve a watershed in Sumatra

The Way Besai watershed, which was experiencing conflict, is now harmonious thanks to an initiative by a CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry team from the World Agroforestry Centre   In 2014, the Community Forestry Farmers’...

“Shallow” private-sector engagement a major concern for integrated landscape initiatives

Integrated landscape initiatives in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa are investing heavily in institutional planning and coordination, but they have had mixed results engaging different stakeholder groups, especially the private sector. This key stakeholder group was almost...

Do trees on agricultural landscapes buffer the impacts of climate change?

Does the presence of trees buffer annual food crops from climate variability? Are trees in agricultural landscapes a relevant part of climate change adaptation strategies? van Noordwijk et al review these hypotheses in a chapter entitled Agroforestry solutions...

Low yields, high emissions and writings on walls: Time for a major shift in cocoa management in Southern Cameroon?

Steps to increase cocoa yields in Southern Cameroon have often led to the encroachment of cocoa plantations into forested areas, with the alarming risk of deforestation and increased carbon emissions. Disturbingly, studies show that such expansion does not...